A randomised controlled trial to explore attitudes to routine scale and polish and compare manual versus ultrasonic scaling in the general dental service in Scotland ISRCTN99609795Report as inadecuate




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BMC Oral Health

, 5:3

First Online: 23 June 2005Received: 31 January 2005Accepted: 23 June 2005

Abstract

BackgroundTo investigate, within general dental practice, patients- and vocational dental practitioners- VDP attitudes towards the benefits and costs of a simple scale and polish and to compare the experience of using manual versus ultrasonic instruments to scale teeth.

Methods28 VDPs and 420 patients participated. Patients were randomly allocated to either group. Patients- and VDPs- attitudes towards, and experience of, the scale and polish were elicited by means of self-administered questionnaires.

ResultsThe majority of patients 99% believed a scale and polish was beneficial. VDPs considered ultrasonic treatment to be appropriate on significantly more occasions than they did for manual scale and polish P < 0.001. Patient discomfort: with ultrasonic scaling 69.2% felt -a little uncomfortable- or worse compared with 60% of those undergoing manual treatment P = 0.072. VDPs considered treatment charges were appropriate for 77% of patients.

ConclusionRoutine scaling and polishing is considered beneficial by both patients and vocational trainees. The majority of patients, regardless of treatment method, experience some degree of discomfort when undergoing a scale and polish. VDPs showed a preference for the ultrasonic treatment method.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1472-6831-5-3 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Brian C Bonner and Jan E Clarkson contributed equally to this work.

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Author: Brian C Bonner - Linda Young - Patricia A Smith - Wendy McCombes - Jan E Clarkson

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