Advanced General Dentistry program directors' attitudes on physician involvement in pediatric oral health care

Ted P. Raybould, A. Stevens Wrightson, Christi Sporl Massey, Tim A. Smith, Judith Skelton

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Abstract

Childhood oral disease is a significant health problem, particularly for vulnerable populations. Since a major focus of General Dentistry Program directors is the management of vulnerable populations, we wanted to assess their attitudes regarding the inclusion of physicians in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of childhood oral disease. A survey was mailed to all General Practice Residency and Advanced Education in General Dentistry program directors (accessed through the ADA website) to gather data. Spearman's rho was used to determine correlation among variables due to nonnormal distributions. Overall, Advanced General Dentistry directors were supportive of physicians' involvement in basic aspects of oral health care for children, with the exception of applying fluoride varnish. The large majority of directors agreed with physicians' assessing children's oral health and counseling patients on the prevention of dental problems. Directors who treated larger numbers of children from vulnerable populations tended to strongly support physician assistance with early assessment and preventive counseling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-236
Number of pages5
JournalSpecial Care in Dentistry
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009

Keywords

  • AEGD
  • AGD
  • Attitudes
  • GPR
  • Pediatric
  • Physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry (all)

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