Dentists invited to join child tooth decay study
 

Dental News
Article detail

See the following article detail about

Dentists invited to join child tooth decay study

0845 527 9810

Article details for

Dentists invited to join child tooth decay study

 

Dentists invited to join child tooth decay study

Hundreds of dental practices across the UK will be invited to participate in a major trial to assess the benefits of three different methods of managing tooth decay in children.

Distribution of letters to 300 practices in Cardiff, Dundee, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Newcastle and Sheffield will begin over the next month, asking them if they are prepared to join the FiCTION trial, which has been commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA).

Dental decay is one of the most common childhood diseases, with over 40% of children in the UK already experiencing obvious decay in their primary (baby) teeth by five years of age, and this statistic has remained largely unchanged for the past 20 years.

Only around 12% of obviously decayed baby teeth in five year olds are treated with fillings, while the vast majority are left untreated, and dental extractions remain the most common reason for children in the UK to receive an out-patient general anaesthetic.

The FiCTION trial is led by the University of Dundee and the University of Leeds, working with colleagues at the Universities of Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Newcastle and Sheffield.

It is examining the benefits of three different methods of managing tooth decay in baby teeth:
• Using only preventive techniques recommended in national guidance (better toothbrushing, less sugar in the diet, application of high fluoride varnish and fissure sealants) to stop the decay.
• Conventional fillings (numbing with local anaesthetic injections then drilling away decay before placing a filling in the cavity) with preventive techniques
• Biological treatment of the decay (sealing the decay into teeth with filling materials or under crowns, generally without the need to use injections or dental drills) with preventive techniques

The study is also examining what the children, all aged between three and seven, think of the different types of treatments.

Dr Nicola Innes, of the University of Dundee Dental School and one of the lead researchers for the
FiCTION trial, says: ‘Dental decay is one of the most common diseases of childhood, with a large health and economic impact.

'Conventional clinical opinion is that baby teeth showing decay should be filled, yet the majority of cavities in young children are left unrestored. There is, as yet, no conclusive evidence for the most effective approach to managing decay in baby teeth. With this trial we are looking to provide that evidence.'

A pilot study preceding the main trial has been running in Tayside, Sheffield and Newcastle and is in the closing stages of recruitment of 200 child patients.

The main trial is expected to begin early in 2012 and will involve around 200 dentists across the UK.

Participating dentists will be from general dental practices throughout the UK where children who attend for regular dental care will be invited to take part.

In addition to the preventive treatment for all children in the trial, they will be randomly assigned to one of the three treatment groups.

The children will be asked to rate on a special scale any discomfort they felt during each treatment and asked about what they think of the different ways of treating their teeth.

All children in the trial will be seen by their dentist up to four times per year and checked for any problems which require care.

For more information on the FiCTION trial, visit www.fictiontrial.info.

 Posted on : Thu 10th - Mar - 2011

 

Call Dental Support UK

Premium IT Support

  • All Servers & workstations covered..
  • Saturday Cover INCLUDED.
  • Telephone support.
  • Remote support.
  • 4 hour on-site Server response.
  • System monitoring.
  • Network monitoring and security.
  • Anti-Virus & Application updates.
  • Unlimited Remote Server Data backup.
  • Loan equipment on hardware failure.
  • Reduced rates for PC parts supply & installations.

No matter how big
your practice you
pay the same
price!!


ONLY

Click here for more info
Dental News Archives 2017

November - 2017
October - 2017
September - 2017
August - 2017
July - 2017
June - 2017
May - 2017
April - 2017
March - 2017
February - 2017
January - 2017

Dental News Archives 2016

December - 2016
November - 2016
October - 2016
September - 2016
August - 2016
July - 2016
June - 2016
May - 2016
April - 2016
March - 2016
February - 2016
January - 2016

Dental News Archives 2015

December - 2015
November - 2015
October - 2015
September - 2015
August - 2015
July - 2015
June - 2015
May - 2015
April - 2015
March - 2015
February - 2015
January - 2015

Dental News Archives 2014

December - 2014
November - 2014
October - 2014
September - 2014
August - 2014
July - 2014
June - 2014
May - 2014
April - 2014
March - 2014
February - 2014
January - 2014

Dental News Archives 2013

December - 2013
November - 2013
October - 2013
September - 2013
August - 2013
July - 2013
June - 2013
May - 2013
April - 2013
March - 2013
February - 2013
January - 2013

Dental News Archives 2012

December - 2012
November - 2012
October - 2012
September - 2012
August - 2012
July - 2012
June - 2012
May - 2012
April - 2012
March - 2012
February - 2012
January - 2012

Dental News Archives 2011

January - 2011
February - 2011
March - 2011
April - 2011
May - 2011
June - 2011
July - 2011
August - 2011
September - 2011
October - 2011
November - 2011
December - 2011

Dental News Archives 2010

December - 2010
November - 2010
October - 2010
September - 2010
August - 2010
July - 2010
June - 2010
May - 2010
April - 2010
March - 2010
February - 2010
January - 2010

Dental News Archives 2009

December - 2009
November - 2009
October - 2009
September - 2009
August - 2009
July - 2009
June - 2009
May - 2009
April - 2009
March - 2009
February - 2009
January - 2009

Dental News Archives 2008

December - 2008
November - 2008
October - 2008
September - 2008
August - 2008
July - 2008
June - 2008
May - 2008
April - 2008
March - 2008
February - 2008
January - 2008

Dental News Archives 2007

December - 2007
November - 2007
October - 2007
September - 2007
August - 2007
July - 2007
June - 2007
May - 2007
April - 2007
March - 2007
February - 2007
January - 2007

Dental News Archives 2006

December - 2006
November - 2006
October - 2006
September - 2006
August - 2006
July - 2006
June - 2006
May - 2006
April - 2006
March - 2006
February - 2006
January - 2006

Dental News Archives 2005

December - 2005
November - 2005
October - 2005
September - 2005
August - 2005
July - 2005
June - 2005
May - 2005

hide toolbar
Would you like weekly updates on our latest offers? If so enter your email :
Quick Remote Dental Support