The Basic Periodontal Examination (BPE), developed by the British Society of Periodontology in 1986 and revised in 2011, is a simple and rapid screening tool for the assessment of adult patients. A modified BPE is used to screen children and adolescents. The BPE does not itself provide a diagnosis of periodontal disease but indicates what further assessment and periodontal treatment, if any, the patient requires.
The mouth is split into sextants, with the highest BPE score for each sextant recorded.
Basic periodontal examination scoring codes
The BPE score for each sextant gives an indication of the care required. In addition, individual factors unique to each patient may influence the treatment required.
Interpretation of BPE scores