Dentistry as a profession over the years has evolved rapidly in light of new scientific evidence.

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Dentistry as a profession over the years has evolved rapidly in light of new scientific evidence. Rapidly evolving science and technology have implemented changes within dentistry as evidenced by new standards and guidelines being produced by nationally recognised associations including National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP) and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) in Scotland, in provision of new scientific evidence. The latest standards and guidelines produced, endorse everyday clinical practice through evidence based dentistry (REF). All dental professionals as part of continued professional development are expected to keep to date on relevant guidelines and…show more content…
Since the inception of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948, regular six monthly check ups at the general dental practice have been common (REF). However the patient should not have radiographs taken routinely based solely because of time elapsed since previous examination. X-rays should only be taken after a thorough clinical examination and would be justified after a caries risk assessment was undertaken with the patient categorised as being high, moderate or low caries risk (REF). In the event that after a thorough clinical examination and an updated medical history, the patient is categorised as being high caries risk, FGDP guidelines support the taking of bitewing radiographs in both children and adults at the initial examination. Six-monthly bitewing radiographs are advised for individuals who fall into the high caries risk status until no new or active lesions become apparent (REF). However it is important not to take radiographs frequently and to reassess the patients risk category, supported by a clinical examination and an updated medical history in order to justify using this interval again (REF). For the moderate caries risk

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