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Table 1 Number of findings by study year

From: Practice change toward better adherence to evidence-based treatment of early dental decay in the National Dental PBRN

Total findings 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Total
By continuously employed dental providers 19,064 21,375 24,384 26,929 30,951 35,981 38,249 196,933
With identified treatment 9,292 10,346 11,691 13,315 16,298 20,235 22,058 103,235
Percentage 48.7% 48.4% 47.9% 49.4% 52.7% 56.2% 57.7%  
Identified treatments         
 Fluoride 1,687 1,942 2,586 2,946 3,365 4,069 4,947 21,542
 Remineralization 206 156 169 490 2,778 5,564 6,620 15,983
 Restoration 7,399 8,248 8,936 9,879 10,155 10,602 10,491 65,710
Restoration rate 79.6% 79.7% 76.4% 74.2% 62.3% 52.4% 47.6%  
Age distribution of patients         
 <18 28.6% 28.7% 26.9% 26.6% 23.5% 21.8% 21.1%  
 18–40 44.6% 43.2% 45.9% 46.2% 48.2% 49.2% 49.8%  
 40–50 11.1% 11.5% 10.5% 10.9% 11.2% 12.0% 11.7%  
 51–65 8.1% 9.8% 9.5% 10.4% 10.8% 10.3% 11.4%  
 65–84 6.7% 5.8% 6.1% 4.9% 5.2% 5.4% 4.8%  
 85+ 0.8% 1.1% 1.1% 1.0% 1.2% 1.3% 1.1%  
Co-occuring findings         
Other enamel diagnostic codes 60.7% 61.3% 60.1% 60.8% 62.9% 61.4% 61.1%  
Mean (sd) 3.9 (4.4) 3.9 (4.2) 3.8 (4.0) 4.0 (4.5) 4.2 (4.4) 4.2 (4.6) 4.2 (4.7)  
Other dentin diagnostic codes 37.9% 39.3% 39.9% 39.4% 40.0% 40.0% 39.1%  
Mean (sd) 2.8 (2.6) 2.8 (2.5) 2.9 (2.7) 2.7 (2.4) 2.6 (2.3) 2.7 (2.4) 2.6 (2.2)  
Repaired sealants with damage 11.0% 11.3% 11.1% 12.4% 9.7% 9.3% 9.4%  
Mean (sd) 3.6 (2.5) 3.5 (2.5) 3.5 (2.2) 3.4 (2.3) 3.3 (2.0) 3.4 (2.2) 3.3 (2.1)