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Survey of Dental Prophylaxes Rendered by Pediatric Dentists in New England

S.M. Hashim Nainar, Deborah A. Redford-Badwal

Citation Information : Nainar SH, Redford-Badwal DA. Survey of Dental Prophylaxes Rendered by Pediatric Dentists in New England. J Contemp Dent Pract 2004; 5 (4):14-22.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-5-4-14

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-05-2006

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2004; The Author(s).



The objective of this anonymous postal survey was to assess the provision of dental prophylaxis by pediatric dentists in New England.


The questionnaire survey was sent by first class mail in September, 2001 to all 217 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) members in active private practice in the six New England States of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. A self-addressed, stamped envelope was provided to facilitate the returned response.


The survey had a response rate of 70%. Most practitioners (93%) routinely recommended dental prophylaxis for their recall patients. The proportion of practitioners who considered the following indications for recommending dental prophylaxis was: plaque, stain, and/or calculus removal – 99%; caries prevention – 75%; prior to topical fluoride application - 82%; prior to sealant application - 58%; and for behavioral modification - 68%. Almost two thirds of the practitioners (62%) defined dental prophylaxis as referring to both rubber cup pumice prophylaxis as well as to toothbrush prophylaxis. However, only one in four practitioners (26%) had modified her/his clinical practice to substitute toothbrush prophylaxis in lieu of rubber cup pumice prophylaxis.


Pediatric dentists in New England routinely provide dental prophylaxis to their recall patients.


Nainar SMH, Redford-Badwal DA. Survey of Dental Prophylaxes Rendered by Pediatric Dentists in New England . J Contemp Dent Pract 2004 November;(5)4:014-022.

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