In 2017, Dutch research institute TNO carried out research commissioned by the National Health Care Institute intended to gain an up-to-date and representative picture of the oral health and the preventive dental behaviour of 5, 11, 17 and 23-year-olds in the Netherlands and to identify possible changes therein since previous measurements. Since the motivation, background, study design, material and method were identical for the 4 ages, and the same issues, to a certain extent, are to be considered in the discussion in each of a series of 5 articles, these identical and generic matters will be described in this article.Since there is no system in the Netherlands to structurally monitor oral health, these Kies-voor-Tanden studies are eminently important for following trends in oral health and preventive dental behaviour in children and adolescents over longer periods of time. Data of this kind are indispensable in formulating meaningful policy on oral health. The continuation of research monitoring oral health is therefore strongly recommended.
J. H. Vermaire
|Onderzoek en wetenschap
|5 juli 2019
|Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 126 - editie 7-8 - juli en augustus 2019; 389-398