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Further caries decline in Swiss recruits from 1996 to 2006


Menghini, G; Steiner, M; Thomet, E; Rath, C; Marthaler, T; Imfeld, T (2010). Further caries decline in Swiss recruits from 1996 to 2006. Schweizer Monatsschrift für Zahnmedizin SMfZ, 120(7):590-595.

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Summary Swiss army recruits (N = 606) from the army base at Thun were dentally examined with a standardized method in the year 2006. The results were compared with those of previous surveys (1985 and 1996). The mean DM6FT-value in the year 2006 was 3.11, whereas in 1996 it had been clearly higher (4.95). This corresponds to a caries decline of 37%. The observed caries decline can only partly be explained. Recruits, who were smokers, showed an increased caries experience. Recruits of the German-speaking part of Switzerland who had pro?ted from oral health lessons by oral health instructors in Kindergarten and primary schools did not differ in caries experience from recruits of the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Abstract

Summary Swiss army recruits (N = 606) from the army base at Thun were dentally examined with a standardized method in the year 2006. The results were compared with those of previous surveys (1985 and 1996). The mean DM6FT-value in the year 2006 was 3.11, whereas in 1996 it had been clearly higher (4.95). This corresponds to a caries decline of 37%. The observed caries decline can only partly be explained. Recruits, who were smokers, showed an increased caries experience. Recruits of the German-speaking part of Switzerland who had pro?ted from oral health lessons by oral health instructors in Kindergarten and primary schools did not differ in caries experience from recruits of the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Preventive Dentistry, Periodontology and Cariology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:22 Jan 2011 19:23
Last Modified:17 Feb 2018 17:36
Publisher:Schweizerische Zahnärzte-Gesellschft
ISSN:0256-2855
OA Status:Green
Official URL:http://www.sso.ch/doc/doc_download.cfm?uuid=D3CB0FCB03431A4455FFB496AC7408EA
PubMed ID:20737305

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