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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(9), 2500-2509; doi:10.3390/ijerph6092500

Development, Methodology and Potential of the New Universal Visual Scoring System (UniViSS) for Caries Detection and Diagnosis

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Department of Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Munich, 80336, Germany
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Health Department of the Ennepe-Ruhr-District, Schwelm, 58332, Germany
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Dental practice, Lichtenstein, 09350, Germany
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Department of Preventive Dentistry, University of Jena, 07743, Germany
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Received: 12 August 2009 / Accepted: 22 September 2009 / Published: 23 September 2009
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Abstract

Given the limitations of adjunct caries detection and diagnostic tools, e.g., imperfect validity and reproducibility, as well as the difficulties in controlling all possible confounding factors, the need for an objective visual caries detection and diagnosis system has become evident. Our work has therefore aimed at systematizing caries lesions with the Universal Visual Scoring System (UniViSS) for occlusal and smooth surface lesions, which can be used for primary and permanent teeth, as well as under clinical, epidemiological, public health and laboratory conditions. Besides the description of the development and methodology of UniViSS, it is shown that UniViSS allows an accurate and reproducible classification of caries lesions on occlusal surfaces.
Keywords: dental caries; caries detection and diagnosis; visual examination; epidemiology dental caries; caries detection and diagnosis; visual examination; epidemiology
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Kühnisch, J.; Goddon, I.; Berger, S.; Senkel, H.; Bücher, K.; Oehme, T.; Hickel, R.; Heinrich-Weltzien, R. Development, Methodology and Potential of the New Universal Visual Scoring System (UniViSS) for Caries Detection and Diagnosis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2500-2509.

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