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Oral Health Prev Dent. 2015;13(2):129-34. doi: 10.3290/j.ohpd.a32342.

Dissemination and use of the children's dental pass in Germany.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Children's Dental Passes (CDP) are widely used in Germany for documentation and motivation of oral health in children, but have not been evaluated at all. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to analyse the distribution, use and acceptance of the CDP in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MWP), Germany.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Data were collected with a self-administered mail questionnaire sent to all registered dental offices in MWP.

RESULTS:

The effective response rate to the survey was 18%, representing 21% of all dentists in the state. Almost all dentists (91%) considered the information contained in the CDP important. Additionally, 81% of dentists provided their patients with a CDP and 78% recorded the oral health status of their patients in it. 54% confirmed that the CDP's implementation has improved the consultation behaviour of young children's parents. 71% of dentists felt that the behaviour of their young patients during treatment has improved after the implementation of the CDP. Likewise, 61% of the respondents thought that oral health among children has improved after the introduction of the CDP.

CONCLUSION:

The CDP can be considered an important element for health promotion that offers a comprehensive approach to early prevention of oral health diseases of young children in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

PMID:
25019105
DOI:
10.3290/j.ohpd.a32342
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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