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The acceptability of fluoride varnish and fissure sealant treatments in children aged 6-9 delivered in a school setting

Morgan-Trimmer, Sarah ORCID:, Chadwick, Barbara ORCID:, Hutchings, S., Scoble, Charlotte, Lisles, Catherine, Drew, Cheney ORCID:, Murphy, Simon ORCID:, Pickles, Timothy ORCID:, Hood, Kerenza ORCID: and Chestnutt, Ivor ORCID: 2019. The acceptability of fluoride varnish and fissure sealant treatments in children aged 6-9 delivered in a school setting. Community Dental Health 36 (1) , pp. 33-38. 10.1922/CDH_4263Morgan-Trimmer06
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Objective: To assess the acceptability of fluoride varnish and fissure sealant treatments for children. To investigate the acceptability of delivering this treatment in a school setting for children, parents, clinicians and school staff. Basic research design: Semi-structured interviews (with children, parents, clinicians and school staff) and a questionnaire (for school staff) as part of a two-arm, randomised clinical trial. Participants: Children aged 6-9, their parents, clinical staff and school staff. Interventions: Fluoride varnish or fissure sealant was delivered to children from the ages of 6 to 9 years for 36 months, by a community dental service in a school setting. Fluoride varnish was re-applied every 6 months; fissure sealant was applied once to first permanent molars and re-applied as required. Results: Interviews with children a few days after treatment indicated little difference in preference; acceptability at this point was driven by factors such as finding it fun to visit ‘the van’ (i.e. mobile dental unit) and receiving a “sticker” rather than specific treatment received. Interviews with parents, clinicians and school staff indicated high acceptability of delivering this type of intervention in a school setting; this may have been partly due to the service being delivered by a well-established, child-oriented community dental service which delivered the clinical trial. Conclusions: Preventive fluoride varnish and fissure sealant treatments in a school setting has high overall acceptability. Keywords: Preventive treatment; dental caries; qualitative study; fissure sealants; fluoride varnish; children; health inequality; school based prevention

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Dennis Barber
ISSN: 0265-539X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 17 June 2018
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 08:07

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