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Table 1 Verbal description of the segments of the Visual Analogue Scale

From: Assessment of oral health conditions presented in photographs - is there a difference between dentists and non-dental professional caregivers?

Oral health aspects Segments of the VAS
1 Acceptable 2 Not acceptable, moderate 3 Not acceptable, marked
Denture hygiene: Part of the inner surface covered with dental plaque or tartar < 1/3 1/3–2/3 > 2/3
Oral hygiene: Part of the surface of teeth or denture retainers covered with dental plaque or tartar < 1/3 1/3–2/3 > 2/3
Teeth All teeth sound, adequately filled, maybe tooth wear ≥ 1 tooth broken, with decay, defect fillings, root remnants a
Gums Pink and firm, maybe minor aberration in color or texture Moderate redness, swelling, glassy Marked redness, swelling, bleeding, sores, wounds, fistulas
Tongue Small bumps on upper and lateral surface, moist, pink General redness, patches, extensive coating, deep grooves, dry Red and/or white lesions, swelling, sores, wounds
Palate, oral surface of lips and cheeks Smooth, moist, pink General redness, rough, dry Red and/or white lesions, swelling, sores, wounds
  1. The criteria provided in this table were developed based on a review of the literature and several discussion rounds among the members of the research group
  2. aFor teeth, definition of the appearance of ‘not acceptable marked’ conditions was not considered meaningful
  3. Verbal description of the appearance of dentures and oral tissues for each segment of the Visual Analogue Scale that was applied for assessment of the photographs