International Journal of Contemporary Dentistry, Vol 7 (2016)

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Comparison between measurements of tooth decay with an International Caries Detection and Assessment System method versus the decayed, missing and filled teeth method

Adjaratou Wakha Aidara, Nigel Pitts, Livia Ottolenghi, Egita Senakola, Denis Bourgeois


Aims & objectives: The purpose of this paper is to provide a contribution to improve knowledge of the gain of information available when using an ICDAS D1MFT method vs. the conventional D3MFT method when analyzing a database of oral health clinical data of populations aged 6 - 15 years old and adults (15+ years) stemming from European (EU) Program "European Global Oral Health Indicators Development” (EGOHID). Materials and method: Clinical epidemiological data were collected in 2008 by a network of ‘sentinel’ dentists with a sample of European population in 8 countries. The EGOHID implementation of ICDAS D1MFT method recommends the collection of data using ICDAS lesion severity codes which gives information on both:  i) initial caries lesions according to the ICDAS method and ii) the more advanced stages of the caries, typically recorded when using the WHO basic method. Results: ICDAS improves detection of initial lesions not disclosed with conventional D3MFTmethods. The loss of information between the traditional method and the ICDAS method is of 40.8 % and 35.1% respectively for populations aged 6 - 15 years.

Conclusion: This study has demonstrated very significant information gains in using the EGOHID application of ICDAS in the dental health information system setting. 

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