Prognostic Factors: Patient Related Factors
Although gingival recessions are usually diagnosed in individuals with good oral hygiene (see Chap. 1), there are limited data to support the impact of plaque control on the healing process and on the maintenance of gingival margin stability after root coverage procedures . Zucchelli and de Sanctis  reported in their 5-year longitudinal clinical study that the lack of patient compliance with a supportive oral care regimen was significantly correlated to the recurrence of gingival recession. An optimal plaque control is desirable in order to maintain the clinical outcomes achieved by root coverage surgery.
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