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Kämppi A, Paananen A, Laajala A, Karki S, Kukkola K, Molkoselkä E, Mäkynen A, Laitala M, Päkkilä J, Anttonen V, Tanner T. Validation of Questionnaires in Screening for Restorative Treatment Need among 15-, 21-, and 40-year olds. Dent Hypotheses 2022;13:1-5

Validation of questionnaires in screening for restorative treatment need among 15-, 21-, and 40-year olds

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Author: Kämppi, Antti1; Paananen, A.2; Laajala, A.2,3;
Organizations: 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
2Department of Cariology, Endodontology and Paediatric Dentistry, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Medical Research Center, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
5Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Medknow Publications, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-12-08


Introduction: This cross-sectional study aims to investigate the association between three age-specific questionnaires in three age groups and restorative dental treatment need.

Material and methods: Three separate questionnaires were designed on etiology of dental caries in different age groups. Randomly selected 15- (n = 36), 21- (n = 21), and 40-year-old (n = 45) subjects answered these questionnaires. Responses were compared to restorative treatment need (DT) according to the clinical oral examination, which calibrated examiner performed.

Results: Responses to questionnaires were only indicative in prediction of restorative treatment need at individual level. Kappa values for 15-, 21-, and 40-year olds, between responses and restorative treatment need were 0.01, 0.44, and 0.33, respectively.

Conclusion: The need for restorative care could plausible be screened with a questionnaire among the 21- and 40-year olds, but not among 15-year olds in a country with low caries prevalence. Further development of questionnaires and studies are needed.

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Series: Dental hypotheses
ISSN: 2155-8213
ISSN-E: 2155-8213
ISSN-L: 2155-8213
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Pages: 1 - 5
DOI: 10.4103/denthyp.denthyp_58_21
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 313 Dentistry
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