Types of dental emergency services provided to dentally fit soldiers in Area Military Health Unit Gauteng, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Madiba, Thomas Khomotjo
dc.contributor.author Bhayat, Ahmed
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-26T08:35:49Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-26T08:35:49Z
dc.date.issued 2017-01
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : The prevention and treatment of dental diseas-es are important in maintaining a combat-ready military force. AIM : To determine the type of dental emergency treat-ments provided over 12 months to soldiers who had been classified as dentally fit. METHODS : A retrospective analysis was carried out of the dental records of members of the South African National Defence Force in Gauteng who had been screened and certified to be dentally fit in 2009. The records of the par-ticipants were followed up for a year thereafter to determine the profile of dental emergency treatments rendered. Data analysis included frequencies and correlations using chi-square tests. The level of significance was set at p<0.05. RESULTS : Of the 6352 soldiers deemed to be dentally fit, 1947 (30.7%) returned for treatment within 12 months. Most required dental restorations (59%) followed by ex-tractions (13%) and crown/bridge repairs (12%). In general, males, soldiers between 41 and 50 years, non-commis-sioned officers, Whites and Oral Health Fitness II (OHF) received more dental emergency services compared with their counterparts. CONCLUSIONS: A large number of soldiers previously deter-mined as dentally fit required restorations and extractions within a year. The treatment procedure profile was influ-enced by OHF classification, race, age and military rank. en_ZA
dc.description.department Community Dentistry en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.sada.co.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Madiba, T.K. & Bhayat, A. 2017, 'Types of dental emergency services provided to dentally fit soldiers in Area Military Health Unit Gauteng, South Africa', South African Dental Journal, vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 11-15. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1029-4864 (online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/61084
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher South African Dental Association en_ZA
dc.rights South African Dental Association en_ZA
dc.subject Dental procedure en_ZA
dc.subject Dental fitness classification en_ZA
dc.subject Military en_ZA
dc.subject South African National Defence Force (SANDF) en_ZA
dc.subject Oral health fitness (OHF) en_ZA
dc.title Types of dental emergency services provided to dentally fit soldiers in Area Military Health Unit Gauteng, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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