Methods for Caries Prevention in Children Reported by Dentists from a Brazilian Community


  • Elaine Pereira da Silva Tagliaferro
  • Aylton Valsecki Júnior
  • Fernanda Lopez Rosell
  • Silvio Rocha Correa da Silva
  • Joseph L. Riley
  • Gregg H. Gilbert
  • Valeria Veiga Gordan


Dental Caries, Preventive Dentistry, Practice Patterns, Dentists'


Objective: To describe the dental practice patterns related to caries prevention in children aged 6-18 years and associated factors. Material and Methods: Dentists (n=162) from Araraquara, Brazil, completed two paper questionnaires: (1) one about characteristics of their practice and their patient population; and (2) a translated version of the “Assessment of Caries Diagnosis and Caries Treatment” Questionnaire from the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Regression analyses were used for data analysis (p<0.05). Results: Dentists reported using in-office fluoride (IOF) and dental sealants (DS) in 74.2% and 45.1% of their pediatric patients, respectively. Regression analysis showed that female dentists (p=0.035 for DS; p=0.044 for IOF; p=0.011 for non-prescription fluoride rinse), those with advanced degrees (p=0.032 for prescription of fluoride), those who graduated from a private dental school (p=0.018 for chlorhexidine rinse), those who provided caries prevention regimens (p<0.001 for DS; p=0.004 for IOF; p=0.013 for non-prescription fluoride rinse), those with a greater percentage of patients interested in a caries prevention regimen (p=0.007 for non-prescription fluoride rinse), those working in a private practice model (p=0.047 for prescription of fluoride) were more likely to recommend some type of preventive methods to their pediatric patients. Conclusion: Dentists reported recommending IOF to most of their pediatric patients. Certain dentists’, practices’, and patients’ characteristics were associated to some caries prevention regimens recommended by dentists.


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Tagliaferro, E. P. da S. ., Valsecki Júnior, A. ., Rosell, F. L. ., da Silva, S. R. C. ., Riley, J. L. ., Gilbert, G. H. ., & Gordan, V. V. . (2021). Methods for Caries Prevention in Children Reported by Dentists from a Brazilian Community. Pesquisa Brasileira Em Odontopediatria E Clínica Integrada, 21, e0070. Retrieved from



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