SUBJECT ACCEPTANCE OF STANNOUS FLUORIDE TREATMENT
NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT
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Responses concerning acceptance were obtained from 370 subjects in a preventive dentistry study using stannous fluoride. The subjects were in five treatment categories operator-applied three-agent stannous fluoride operator- applied three-agent placebo self-preparation stannous fluoride self- preparation placebo and self-preparation stannous fluoride minus interproximal taping. The self-preparation method differed from the operator-applied method in that the subject performed his own prophylaxis with a toothbrush and pumice paste instead of having it performed with a polishing cup. Results indicate some aversion to taste and gingival effects of the materials used. No effects were deemed severe enough to warrant recommendation of any significant changes in the present stannous fluoride program. Patient acceptance was found to be closely related to his beliefs in the effectiveness of the treatment, indicating the importance of education as a part of the Navys preventive dentistry program.
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