Experience of dental care for children with congenital heart disease among Swedish dentists
2007 (English)In: Swedish Dental Journal, ISSN 0347-9994, Vol. 31, no 2, 85-90 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study was conducted in order to examine the experience of and attitudes to dental care for children with congenital heart disease (CHD) among Swedish general dentists. 183 general dentists employed in the Public Dental Health Service in the counties of Västerbotten and Uppsala, and private practitioners listed with dentistry for children in the county of Västerbotten, Sweden, were enrolled in the study. Data were collected with a questionnaire with 18 questions. Eighteen per cent of the dentists stated that they had received special education or information except the graduate training to treat children with CHD. Forty-eight per cent of the dentists had one or more patients with CHD. Seventy-two per cent of these stated that their CHD-patients had a caries problem. Statistically significant differences were displayed between answers on the questions "who in the dental team perform the major part of the dental care for children with CHD" and "what is your opinion on which personal category that should perform the major part of the dental care for this group of children" (p < 0.001). Among dentists whose clinical time mainly was used for dentistry for children, it was more common to treat children with CHD (p < 0.001) than for dentists with a lower degree of dentistry for children. The study showed that the Swedish dental care for children with CHD today mainly is performed by dental nurses, dental hygienists and general dentists. This strongly differs from the dentist's opinion on who should perform the major part of the dental care for this group of children. These findings taken together with the very low number of dentists that had received special education or information except the graduate training to treat children with CHD indicates that the Swedish dentists are unsettled and insecure in the dental treatment of children with heart defects. An early and close cooperation between specialists in pediatric dentistry, dentists with special training and general dentists is strongly desirable to support the dentists and facilitate the dental care for children with CHD.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 31, no 2, 85-90 p.
Research subject Odontology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-16320PubMedID: 17695053OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-16320DiVA: diva2:155993