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Title: The impact of a national caries strategy in Greenland 10 years after implementation. A failure or a success?
Autores: Ekstrand, K. R.
Abreu-Placeres, Ninoska
Researchers (UNIBE): Abreu-Placeres, Ninoska 
Affiliations: Centro de Investigación en Biomateriales y Odontología (CIBO) 
Research area: Ciencias de la Salud
Keywords: Caries experience; Public health; Dental caries
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: International journal of circumpolar health, 79(1), 1804260
Journal: International Journal of Circumpolar Health 
Volume: 79
Issue: 1
Start page: 1804260
Aims: 1) to describe the dental health goals and the single financial goal defined in 2008 with a new national caries strategy in Greenland (CSG) and the progress made during the subsequent 10-year period; 2) to describe the CSG initiatives; and 3) to report caries outcome data for 3-year-old children as well as 9-year-old children in 2012 and 2018; for 6-year-old children as well as 12-year-old children in 2015 and 2018 and for 15-year-old children in 2018, and to compare the data with the baseline data from 2008. Only 6 of the 20 dental health goals were close to being or were achieved over the 10-year period. The total cost of running PDHS-G increased by 4% from 2008 to 2018. The CSG strategy focused on predetermined visits/examinations, risk-related recalls, oral health promotion and predetermined fluoride and sealing policies. The percentage of children with a defs/DMFS = 0 increased by 8–18%, and the mean defs/DMFS decreased by 40–60% between 2008 and 2018 in all five age groups involved. To conclude, the goals defined in 2008 were generally not achieved (failure), but the caries status improved significantly from 2008 to 2018 in all age groups (success).
DOI: 10.1080/22423982.2020.1804260
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