ORIGINAL ARTICLE
J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent. 2012;39(4): 348-356.
A STUDY ON THE CHANGES OF PATIENT DISTRIBUTION AND TREATMENT PATTERN FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS IN PEDIATRIC DENTAL PRACTICE OF GWANGJU
Hana Kim, Nan-young Lee, Sang-ho Lee
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Chosun University
Corresponding Author: Nan-young Lee ,Tel: 062-220-3860, Email: nandent@chosun.ac.kr
Received: July 24, 2012;  Accepted: October 11, 2012.
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ABSTRACT
The treatment pattern of pediatric dentistry has been changing recently, because of so many socioeconomic changes such as decrease of birth rates and prevalence of caries. The purpose of this study is to recognize the changing patterns in pediatric dental treatment and to help predict future direction for pediatric dentistry. Patients distribution and treatment pattern were examined in all new patients of the department of pediatric dentistry, Chosun University Dental Hospital and two pediatric local clinics in Gwang-ju, from 2005 to 2010. The number of new patients in recent 5 years has been increasing. There was a higher ratio of male patients. Age distribution has shown the percentage of 3~4 age group was highest. The hospital visit rate to Chosun University Dental Hospital was high, whereas the visit rate for local clinics was low. Dental caries showed the highest percentage in chief complaints, oral examinations have increased. The percentage of restoration treatment was highest, fluoride treatment had increased. In restorative treatment, the percentage of resin and GIC restoration was highest and amalgam restoration has decreased. The percentage of sedation treatment was decreased a little, Chosun University Dental Hospital showed a higher rate than local clinics.
Keywords: Pediatric patient | Patient distribution | Practice pattern
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