An evaluation of the Navy Periodontal Screening Examination

J Periodontol. 1977 Feb;48(2):63-6. doi: 10.1902/jop.1977.48.2.63.


Ninety-eight young adult patients were examined and scored according to the criteria of the Navy Periodontal Screening Examination. The population examined had a 98% incidence of inflammatory periodontal disease. The relationship of the Navy Periodontal Disease Index and the Navy Plaque Index total scores was determined to +0.55 (P 0.01). The relationship of the gingival score of the NPDI and the NPI was found to be +0.75 (P 0.01). The Navy Plaque Index, like others reported, has a better relationship to a reversible index of inflammatory periodontal disease. The use of the NPDI total is recommended as an aid in determining treatment recommendations.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Dental Plaque / pathology*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Gingival Pocket / pathology
  • Gingivitis / pathology
  • Humans
  • Military Dentistry*
  • Naval Medicine*
  • Periodontal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Periodontal Index*