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Dental Journal (Majalah Kedokteran Gigi)

ISSN 1978-3728

Vol. 37 / No. 4 / Published : 2004-10

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Three levels of prevention in dentistry

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      Shifting paradigm from the old paradigm stressed in curative and rehabilitative to the new paradigm stressed in health promotion and prevention services have not been understood yet, especially in dentistry. The new paradigm should be clearly understood by dental profession to help their patients attain their long time better quality of life. Preventive dentistry is defined as all of dentistry and all of practices of individuals and communities that affect the oral health status. These efforts are involving three levels of prevention, e.g. primary preventive services (level 1); secondary preventive services (level 2); and tertiary preventive or replacement services (level 3). Those three levels of prevention are inclosing five levels of preventive services, e.g. health promotion and specific protection as a primary prevention; early diagnosis and prompt treatment as a secondary prevention; disability limitation and rehabilitation as a tertiary prevention that can be applied to all levels of prevention for several categories of oral diseases and disorder. The goals of primary prevention, secondary prevention and tertiary prevention are to prevent disease initiation, to prevent disease progression, and to prevent the loss of function, reciprocally. Preventive dentistry treatment planning should be based on several steps. The order of treatment planning is problem recognition, problem definition, data collection, data analysis, problem interpretation and presentation, and then treatment plan(s) development. The importance of cooperative efforts of prevention between the individual, the community, and the dental profession in order to attain and maintain optimum oral health is stressed.

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      preventive dentistry, level of prevention, treatment planning
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