Master of Science in Dentistry
THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A PREVENTIVE RECALL STRATEGY IN CHILDREN FOLLOWING DENTAL REHABILITATION UNDER GENERAL ANESTHESIA
By Amanda Kerns, DDS
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016
Thesis Advisor: Elizabeth Berry, DDS, MPH, MSD
Vice Chair, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Purpose: This was a prospective randomized controlled trial assessing the impact of a preventive strategy following full-mouth dental rehabilitation (FMDR) in children with early childhood dental caries.
Methods: 130 patients completed FMDR and were included in the analysis. Caries risk assessment (CRA), dental exam, and a caregiver oral health knowledge (OHK) questionnaire was completed for each patient. Patients were randomized into two groups; intervention returned at 3 and 6 months and control returned at only 6 months post-surgery. At each recall, CRA and dental exam information was recorded, and at the six month recall, all caregivers completed the OHK questionnaire.
Results: Actual recall data showed a statistically significant difference in CRA at six months, with 71.8% of patients in the control and 44.8% of patients in the intervention assessed as high caries risk.
Conclusions: The actual recall data suggests this recall strategy is effective in reducing CRA level following FMDR.
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