Atraumatic restorative treatment for prevention and treatment of caries in an underserved community

Naty Lopez, Sara Simpser-Rafalin, Peter Berthold

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Abstract

We evaluated the acceptability and effectiveness of atraumatic restorative treatment to prevent and treat caries in an underserved community in Mexico. We placed 370 restorations and 193 sealants in 118 children aged 5 to 18; 85% reported no pain, and 93% were comfortable with their restorations. We then evaluated the children 1 and 2 years later. At 2-year evaluation, 66% of restorations and 35% of sealants were retained. Atraumatic restorative treatment is acceptable and effective to control and prevent decay in a socioeconomically deprived community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1338-1339
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume95
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2005

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