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Caries as experienced by adult caries active patients: a qualitative study
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
2019 (English)In: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6357, E-ISSN 1502-3850, Vol. 77, no 1, p. 15-21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: In the western world, increased oral health has resulted in a skewed occurrence of caries disease where relatively few individuals now account for most caries disease. This study examines how adults with recurrent caries activity experience caries disease and treatment.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study is based on qualitative data from individual interviews, which were subjected to qualitative content analysis. The interviews were semi-structured and thematic and an interview guide was used that consisted of two main areas with open ended questions. Meaning units were condensed and labelled with a code which preserved the core content of the reduced text. Codes were assigned to different subcategories according to their similarities or differences. Subcategories formed categories which describe the manifest content of the text.

RESULTS: The domain "experience with caries" consisted of four subcategories that formed the main category Caries - an unwelcomed acquaintance. The domain "experience with caries treatment" consisted of three subcategories that formed the category Caries treatment - pain for gain.

CONCLUSION: Comprehensive non-operative treatment and close follow-ups should precede restorations; this would probably gain insight in how to avoid new cavities to a greater extent. If to be supportive, information and advice about self-care given to individuals with recurrent cavities should be delivered with respect to the patient's feelings about their experience of dental caries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019. Vol. 77, no 1, p. 15-21
Keywords [en]
Dentistry, caries, cavities, oral health, self-care
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Dentistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152347DOI: 10.1080/00016357.2018.1493218ISI: 000455890400003PubMedID: 30084696Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85052141082OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-152347DiVA, id: diva2:1253055
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Västerbotten County CouncilAvailable from: 2018-10-03 Created: 2018-10-03 Last updated: 2019-02-11Bibliographically approved

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