Issue One 2020
2020, Vol. 7, issue 1, (January)
Dentists` Awareness of white spot lesions during treatment with fixed orthodontic appliances
Introduction: Fixed orthodontic appliances are used for the treatment of jaw deformities for a certain period of time, but they are a risk factor for development of dental caries, because they are retentive and support plaque accumulation. The elements of fixed orthodontic technique can change the biological balance in the oral cavity and put the patients treated with such orthodontic appliances at high risk of developing dental caries.
Aim: The aim of the study is to determine the dentists’ awareness of white spot lesions as a side effect during orthodontic treatment with fixed appliances and the methods for their diagnostics, prevention and treatment.
Material and Methods: The study includes 200 dentists, members of the Bulgarian Dental Union, randomly selected. Their knowledge was evaluated through an anonymous questionnaire of 15 questions.
Results: The results from the survey indicates a low level of awareness of the dentists surveyed about white carious lesions and poor knowledge about the management with various preventive methods. This requires the creation of a methodological guideline for all dental practitioners.
Authors:Elena Dimova; Department of Pediatric Dental Medicine, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University-Varna;
Liliya Doichinova; Department of Pediatric Dental Medicine 2, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University-Sofia;
Radosveta Andreeva-Borisova; Department of Pediatric Dental Medicine, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University-Varna;