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Efficiency of a schoolchildren program for oral care.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16673796     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this investigation was to evaluate the efficiency of an oral school program, applied during 3 years. DMFT index, the component D and CTNI of a sample of 590 children (Group I, aged 12.0 +/- 1.1 years) which received regular oral treatment during 3 consecutive years were compared with the same indicators of 586 children (Group II, aged 12.6 +/- 1.0 years) without treatment. The cost-benefit ratio of the current required treatments in both groups was calculated. Results revealed: (a) in Group I the component D of DMFT was 0.9 +/- SEM = 0.3, and in Group II, 5.5 +/- SEM = 1.5; and (b) the cost-benefit ratio of the required treatment for Group I ranged from 1.5 to 7.5 times lower than that required for cumulative pathology resolution in groups lacking preventive coverage. It seems advisable to introduce management strategies to change spontaneous demand into programmed care with a strong preventive component. The accomplishment of this regular school program appears to contribute to strengthen equity and could reduce the differences in oral health care among schoolchildren at different social risk.
Noemí Bordoni; Aldo Squassi; Hebe Bellagamba; Marta Galarza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta odontológica latinoamericana : AOL     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0326-4815     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Odontol Latinoam     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-05     Completed Date:  2006-06-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8610218     Medline TA:  Acta Odontol Latinoam     Country:  Argentina    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  75-81     Citation Subset:  D    
Preventive and Community Dentistry, School of Dentistry and Master in Public Health, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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MeSH Terms
Cost-Benefit Analysis
DMF Index
Dental Care for Children* / economics,  organization & administration
Dental Caries / classification,  prevention & control
Health Care Costs
Needs Assessment
Resource Allocation
School Dentistry* / economics,  organization & administration
Urban Health Services / economics,  organization & administration

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