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Methods for caries prevention in adults among dentists from a brazilian community


Dental caries
Practice Patterns, Physicians
Preventive dentistry

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Tagliaferro EP da S, Rocha Correa da Silva S, Lopez Rosell F, Valsecki Junior A, Riley III JL, Gilbert GH, Gordan VV. Methods for caries prevention in adults among dentists from a brazilian community. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2020 Feb. 6 [cited 2023 Dec. 2];19:e206624. Available from:


Little is known about dental practice patterns of caries prevention in adults among Brazilian dentists. Aim: To quantify procedures used for caries prevention for adult patients among dentists from a Brazilian community. Methods: Dentists (n=197) who reported that at least 10% of their patients are more than 18 years old participated in the first Brazilian study that used a translated version of the “Assessment of Caries Diagnosis and Caries Treatment” from the U.S. National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. A questionnaire about characteristics of their practice and patient population were also completed by the dentists. Generalized linear regression models and a hierarchal clustering procedure were used (p<0.05). Results: In-office fluoride application was the preventive method most often reported. The main predictors for recommending some preventive agent were: female dentist (dental sealant; in-office fluoride; non-prescription fluoride) and percentage of patients interested in caries prevention (dental sealant; in-office fluoride; non-prescription fluoride). Other predictors included private practice (dental sealant), percentage of patients 65 years or older (in-office fluoride), graduation from a private dental school (non-prescription fluoride), years since dental school graduation (chlorhexidine rinse) and using a preventive method (recommending sealant/fluoride/chlorhexidine rinse/sugarless, xylitol gum). Cluster analysis showed that dentists in the largest subgroup seldom used any of the preventive agents. Conclusion: Dentists most often reported in-office fluoride as a method for caries prevention in adults. Some practitioner, practice and patients’ characteristics were positively associated with more-frequent use of a preventive agent.


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