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Dental Caries Prevention

The Physician's Role in Child Oral Health Systematic Evidence Review

Systematic Evidence Reviews, No. 29

, DDS, MPH, , DDS, MPH, , MD, MPH, and , PhD.

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This report represents a departure from the chapter on Oral Health that appeared in the 1996 edition of the Guide to Clinical and Preventive Services. That chapter focused on counseling for the prevention of dental diseases in all ages. This summary of evidence focuses exclusively on the evidence of effectiveness for procedures applied by physicians and other primary care clinicians to prevent carious lesions in young children.

Submitted to: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.1 Contract No. 290-97-0011, Task Order No. 3. Technical Support for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Submitted by: RTI International.2

This report may be used, in whole or in part, as the basis for development of clinical practice guidelines and other quality enhancement tools, or a basis for reimbursement and coverage policies. AHRQ or U.S. Department of Health and Human Services endorsement of such derivative products may not be stated or implied.

AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with supporting research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, address patient safety and medical errors, and broaden access to essential services. AHRQ sponsors and conducts research that provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes; quality; and cost, use, and access. The information helps health care decisionmakers—patients and clinicians, health system leaders, and policymakers—make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services.

The authors of this report are responsible for its content. Statements in the report should not be construed as endorsement by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of a particular drug, device, test, treatment, or other clinical service.


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