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BACKGROUND Dental caries are largely preventable, and epidemiological evidence for a relationship between diet and oral health is abundant. To date, however, dentists' perceptions about the role of diet and dentists' practice patterns regarding diet counseling have not been clarified. OBJECTIVE THE PURPOSES OF THIS STUDY WERE TO: (1) examine discordance(More)
OBJECTIVE The purposes of this study were to (1) quantify dentists' practice patterns regarding caries prevention and (2) test the hypothesis that certain dentists' characteristics are associated with these practice patterns. DESIGN The study used a cross-sectional study design consisting of a questionnaire survey. PARTICIPANTS The study queried(More)
OBJECTIVES This study investigated the relationship between urease and arginine deiminase system (ADS) activities and dental caries through a cross-sectional study. MATERIAL AND METHODS Urease and ADS activities were measured in saliva and plaque samples from 10 caries-free subjects and 13 caries-active. Urease activity was obtained from the ammonia(More)
Items in clusters, such as patients of the same clinician or teeth within the same patient, tend to be more similar than items from different groups. This within-group similarity, represented by the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), reduces precision, yielding less statistical power and wider confidence intervals, compared with non-clustered samples(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the relationships among alkali production, diet, oral health behaviors, and oral hygiene. METHODS Data from 52 subjects including demographics, diet, and oral hygiene scores were analyzed against the level of arginine and urea enzymes in plaque and saliva samples. An oral habit survey was completed that included: use of tobacco (TB),(More)
BACKGROUND Objectives were to: (1) determine whether and how often general dentists (GDs) provide specific dental procedures; and (2) test the hypothesis that provision is associated with key dentist, practice, and patient characteristics. METHODS GDs (n = 2,367) in the United States National Dental Practice-Based Research Network completed an Enrollment(More)
Replacement of dental restorations has been the traditional treatment for defective restorations. This five-year prospective clinical trial evaluated amalgam restorations with localized defects that were treated by means of repair or refurbishing. Fifty-two patients (50% female and 50% male, mean age 28.3 ± 18.1 years, range 18-80) with 160 class I and(More)
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