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Type: Journal article
Title: Exposure to water fluoridation and caries increment
Author: Spencer, A.
Armfield, J.
Slade, G.
Citation: Community Dental Health, 2008; 25(1):12-22
Publisher: F D I World Dental Press Ltd
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0265-539X
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A.J. Spencer, J.M. Armfield and G.D. Slade
Abstract: Objective This study examined the mix of presenting problems faced by a large diverse dental service treating low-income Australian adults and provides a basis for communities to understand and manage demand for dental services. Design A retrospective analysis in a state-wide multi-centre dental health service. Data for all patients (in all public adult dental clinics in the state of Victoria during MayAug 2005) who used the emergency services in a 12 week period were recorded and analysed. A triage question tree was developed and embedded into a neural network based computer triage tool. Results Approximately 52% of low income adults presenting for emergency treatment required treatment on the day of triage. The main problem was with natural teeth (89.6%). Of those with natural teeth problems, 41.3% had pain disturbing their sleep patterns and 14.7% had experienced a swelling. Metropolitan patients accessed the services 2.3 times more than rural patients. Conclusion These data clearly highlight that there is significant opportunity to reduce nearly 48% of on-day demand for emergency dental care through the application of appropriately clinical based triage.
Keywords: Dental triage
presenting complaints
DOI: 10.1922/CDH_2067Spencer11
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