The purpose of this project was to examine the perceptions of both general and pediatric dentists regarding selected characteristics of the children they treat. A survey including questions on patients' ages, caries activity estimates, and types of patients treated was mailed once to a national random sample of 2,000 general and 1,000 pediatric dentists. The respondents provided a reasonable distribution by age and location, with the majority (69%) in practice more than 10 years. The pediatric dentists who responded perceive that they treat a younger population of child patients with more caries activity (P < 0.001), except in those patients older than 12 years. They also perceive that their patients pools include a larger percentage of patients with handicapping conditions (P < 0.01), behavior problems (P < 0.001) and patients who require treatment with general anesthesia (P < 0.001) than do the general dentists.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Jul 1 1994|
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