The process of reviewing or re-examining a patient to monitor oral health or any disease progression. It is an important aspect of preventive dentistry. The frequency of patient recall examination is influenced by the predisposition to disease, the current disease experience, the disease experience since the last examination, past dental history, the ability to maintain good oral hygiene and dietary habits, risk factors to other disease processes, patient expectations, and patient lifestyle changes. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines on recall examination intervals under guidance document CG19.
Clinical examination and record keeping: good practice guidelines. Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK), 2001.
http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG19 The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on recall intervals.