Longitudinal evaluation of a preventive program provided by general dental practitioners to young adult Danes

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In 1976, a preventive program was established for young adults under the general dental program of the Danish National Health Insurance. Utilization and effects of and the feasibility of public economic support for preventive dentistry was studied longitudinally during the years 1976-80. Out of approximately 140000 evaluation cards sent out, 42000 were returned from general dental practitioners concerning 20000 individuals, 12000 of whom were reported twice or more. Information was collected on use of preventive service and health status based on Visible Plaque Index (VPI) and Gingival Bleeding Index (GBI). About one-fifth of the study population received the preventive service, consisting of chairside dental education and oral hygiene instruction. Associations between provision of prevention and VPI/GBI scores were found. From first to last dental visit in the evaluation period improvement in VPI and GBI scores was registered, proportionally more in the group that received preventive service. Internal and external validity of the results and policy implications of the study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-284
Number of pages5
JournalCommunity Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Volume9
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

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Preventive Health Services
Periodontal Index
General Practitioners
Young Adult
Tooth
Oral Hygiene
Hemorrhage
Preventive Dentistry
Dental Education
National Health Programs
Reproducibility of Results
Health Status
Economics
Population

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