Dentists' perceptions of the variety of dental services provided for children.

C. McKnight-Hanes, D. R. Myers, H. C. Davis

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The purpose of this project was to describe the variety of dental services provided to child patients by general dentists and pediatric dentists. A survey was mailed to a random sample of 2000 general dentists and 1000 pediatric dentists requesting information about the dental services provided to children. Six hundred sixty-two general dentists (33 percent) and 492 pediatric dentists (49 percent) responded. Pediatric dentists reported more frequently obtaining informed consent (p < .0001), placing strip crowns (p < .0001), steel crowns (p < .0001) and pulp treatment procedures (p < .0001). Sealant use in both groups was high but the general dentists reported more frequently sealing occlusal surfaces with incipient caries (p < .001). There were differences in the reported provision of orthodontic services. The general dentists were more likely to refer children for treatment while the pediatric dentists reported they performed limited or comprehensive orthodontic treatment (p < .0001). The results of the survey demonstrate that pediatric dentists perceive that they provide a broader scope of restorative and orthodontic services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-284
Number of pages3
JournalASDC journal of dentistry for children
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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