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Permanent discolouration important barrier to acceptance of SDF treatment for visible root caries by elderly
Researchers have found in a new study that permanent discolouration is an important barrier to acceptance of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) treatment for visible root caries among the elderly.The study has been published in the Journal of Dentistry.Caries treatment with silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is effective, but often leads to irreversible tooth discoloration. This study aimed to...
Researchers have found in a new study that permanent discolouration is an important barrier to acceptance of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) treatment for visible root caries among the elderly.
The study has been published in the Journal of Dentistry.
Caries treatment with silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is effective, but often leads to irreversible tooth discoloration. This study aimed to investigate older patients’ perceptions of root caries treatment with SDF and to identify factors that influence their decision process.
Fifteen interviews were conducted in older patients (mean, min/max: 83, 71/92 years) with root caries experience, following a semi-structured interview-guide based on the domains of the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) including three case vignettes of SDF treatment. Transcripts of the interviews were used to perform deductive and inductive content analysis along the TDF and Capability-Opportunity-Motivation-Behavior model (COM-B) to assess influential factors.
All Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) domains and behavior determinants of the COM-B were covered, identifying twenty-two barriers, facilitators and conflicting themes. Main barriers for consenting to SDF treatment were patients’ perceptions of permanent staining of visible root caries lesions, as well as preconceptions about those of others and lack of knowledge about root caries and SDF. Main facilitators were trust in advice given by dentists, especially regarding new treatment options, that aesthetics were less important in non-visible areas and the importance of tooth preservation and feasibility of treatments when immobile or in need of care.
Permanent discoloration is an important barrier to older patients’ acceptance of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) treatment for visible root caries. However, patients appear to accept silver diamine fluoride (SDF) treatment under certain conditions, including less visible lesions or in comparison to more invasive treatment options.
Wiebke Sommerfeldt, Paul Gellert, Anne Müller, Nirina Götze, Gerd Göstemeyer,
Older patients’ perception of treating root caries with silver diamine fluoride – a qualitative study based on the Theoretical Domains Framework, Journal of Dentistry, Volume 130, 2023, 104408, ISSN 0300-5712, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdent.2022.104408
Dr. Shravani Dali has completed her BDS from Pravara institute of medical sciences, loni. Following which she extensively worked in the healthcare sector for 2+ years. She has been actively involved in writing blogs in field of health and wellness. Currently she is pursuing her Masters of public health-health administration from Tata institute of social sciences. She can be contacted at email@example.com.