Specialist paediatric dentistry in Sweden 2008 - a 25-year perspective

Int J Paediatr Dent. 2010 Sep 1;20(5):313-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-263X.2010.01057.x. Epub 2010 Jun 2.


International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry 2010; 20: 313-321 Background. Paediatric dentistry in Sweden has been surveyed four times over the past 25 years. During this period postgraduate training, dental health, and the organization of child dental care have changed considerably. Aim. To investigate services provided by specialists in paediatric dentistry in Sweden in 2008, and to compare with data from previous surveys. Design. The same questionnaire was sent to all 30 specialist paediatric dental clinics in Sweden that had been used in previous surveys. Comparisons were made with data from 1983, 1989, 1996 and 2003. Results. Despite an unchanged number of specialists (N = 81 in 2008), the number of referrals had increased by 16% since 2003 and by almost 50% since 1983. There was greater variation in reasons for referrals. The main reason was still dental anxiety/behaviour management problems in combination with dental treatment needs (27%), followed by medical conditions/disability (18%), and high caries activity (15%). The use of different techniques for conscious sedation as well as general anaesthesia had also increased. Conclusions. The referrals to paediatric dentistry continue to increase, leading to a heavy work load for the same number of specialists. Thus, the need for more paediatric dentists remains.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, Dental / methods
  • Anesthesia, Dental / statistics & numerical data
  • Child
  • Dental Care for Children / statistics & numerical data
  • Dentists / supply & distribution
  • Education, Dental, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Pediatric Dentistry* / statistics & numerical data
  • Pediatric Dentistry* / trends
  • Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden
  • Workforce
  • Workload / statistics & numerical data