Barriers for dental treatment of primary teeth in East and West Germany

Splieth, CH, Bunger, B and Pine, C 2009, 'Barriers for dental treatment of primary teeth in East and West Germany' , International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 19 (2) , pp. 84-90.

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Background. In many countries, restorative treatment in primary teeth is suboptimal. Aim. Thus, this study tried to detect barriers for dentists to restore primary teeth in kindergarten children (3–6 years). Design. For a representative survey, 320 dentists (184 West, 136 East Germany) were randomly selected from the dental associations’ registers and asked to answer a questionnaire on their profile, their view of the National Health System, and possible barriers for restoring primary teeth. Results. The analysis (response rate 57.7%) showed that the parents were no barrier and the dentists felt the need of restoring primary teeth. In addition to the children’s anxiety, the inadequate reimbursement for fillings were perceived as clear barrier. The comparison of West and East German dentists detected statistically significantly higher barriers in West Germany, where – in contrast to the German Democratic Republic – no structured training in paediatric dentistry was compulsory before unification. Only 35% of the East German dentists rated restorative treatment in 3- to 6-year-olds as stressful in contrast to 65% in West Germany, where especially male dentists found no time to treat children. Conclusion. This study reveals that dentists can also be a considerable barrier to restorative treatment in small children, especially without adequate training in dental schools.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 09607439
Depositing User: RH Shuttleworth
Date Deposited: 25 May 2012 10:07
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 14:20

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