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Originalartikel | erschienen - Druck | peer reviewed

Routine Data Analyses for Estimating the Caries Treatment Experience of Children.

CARIES RESEARCH 2021 ; 55(5): 546 - 553


Bibliometric indicators

Impact Factor = 3.918

DOI = 10.1159/000518075

PubMed-ID = 34348266


Raedel M*, Wagner Y, Priess H, Samietz S1, Bohm S, Walter M


Oral health surveys are considered the gold standard for assessing the caries experience of children. Analyses of routine data offer additional opportunities not yet fully explored. This study aimed at estimating the caries treatment experience by mining an insurance claims database. Comprehensive claims data sets were extracted from the data warehouse of a major health insurance company (BARMER, Germany). A surrogate variable for caries experience was formed that reflected the proportion of children without any former potentially caries-related treatment (filling, root canal treatment, and extraction) at ages from 1 to 14 years. The statistical calculations were based on Kaplan-Meier survival analyses. The evaluation for the permanent dentition comprised N = 593,330 children at 6 years and N = 114,568 at 12 years. At 12 years of age, 66.8% had not yet experienced potentially caries-related treatments. This value hints at a significantly higher caries experience at 12 years compared to available epidemiological data. For the deciduous dentition, the respective rates were 74.0% at 6 years and 45.8% at 10 years. Although various sources of bias have to be taken into account, the potential of routine data mining is evident. The approach is supplemental to oral health surveys. It can be useful in coming closer to reality when estimating the caries experience of children. From our results, we conclude that the oral health of up to 14-year-olds in Germany remains in urgent need of improvement.

Published in


Year 2021
Impact Factor (2021) 3.918
Volume 55
Issue 5
Pages 546 - 553
Open Access nein
Peer reviewed ja
Article type Originalartikel
Article state erschienen - Druck
DOI 10.1159/000518075
PubMed-ID 34348266

Common journal data

Short name: CARIES RES
ISSN: 0008-6568
eISSN: 1421-976X
Language: English

Impact factor trend

Year Impact Factor
2008 1.993
2009 2.462
2010 2.926
2011 2.328
2012 2.514
2013 2.5
2014 2.281
2015 2.278
2016 1.811
2017 2.188
2018 2.326
2019 2.186
2020 4.056
2021 3.918

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