Journal of Applied Oral Science
versión impresa ISSN 1678-7757
CARDOSO, Luciana et al. Comparative analisys of three different diagnostic methods to evaluate carious activity in a community basis. J. Appl. Oral Sci. [online]. 2005, vol.13, n.2, pp. 171-175. ISSN 1678-7757. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-77572005000200015.
The present research has made a comparison between three distinct methods to evaluate carious activity in a community basis. The studied method was based in a modified DMFS/dmfs index including non-cavitated lesions. Two factors were analyzed: the possible reproduction of the inclusion of carious activity criteria and the presence of bacterial plaque. Thus, the three study groups presented with plaque, after supervised self-performed plaque removal with dental toothbrush and without plaque after professional prophylaxis, which corresponded to three diagnostic methods. The three exams took place one week apart from each other. For this analysis, a modified DMFS/dmfs index was proposed with alterations in diagnostic criteria due to the inclusion of carious activity parameters. The study was performed in a group of 30 children aged 11 years old. According to the results, the diagnostic method for carious activity in the three situations was reproducible and can be considered a proper approach to perform caries diagnosis in a community basis.
Palabras llave : Dental caries; diagnosis; Pediatric dentistry.