Abstract: ICDAS (the International Caries Detection and Assessment System) is a new approach to the detection and classification of dental caries, starting with the stage showing the earliest visual changes. Methodology: This article describes the implementation of the ICDAS at the School of Dentistry, International Medical University, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in a step-by-step systematically planned process. Beginning with the setting up of a Task Force in 2011 for the evaluation and preparation of the training resources and the running of exploratory training exercises, it finally culminated in carrying out training workshops for the entire staff and students. After the internal processes had been completed, an international expert (KE) was invited to evaluate the process and conduct another workshop using the resources developed within the University, including a reference set of carious teeth. The overall time taken was one and a half years. Conclusions: The implementation of the ICDAS has been comprehensively set into motion within the context of our local curriculum and oral healthcare delivery arrangements. However, this will be an ongoing process with further quality assurance measures being required clinically together with the continuing training of new staff. Sharing this ‘framework’ of the ICDAS implementation process should considerably ease the path and reduce the time period of future implementations by other dental teaching institutions.
Keywords: ICDAS; dental caries; implement; school; Malaysia; challenges; framework; classification; faculty training
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Ahlawat, P.; Parolia, A.; Hasan, Z.; Smales, F.C.; Pau, A.; Toh, C.G. Comprehensive Implementation of the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) in a Dental School and University Oral Health Centre: A Stepwise Framework. Dent. J. 2014, 2, 41-51.
Ahlawat P, Parolia A, Hasan Z, Smales FC, Pau A, Toh CG. Comprehensive Implementation of the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) in a Dental School and University Oral Health Centre: A Stepwise Framework. Dentistry Journal. 2014; 2(1):41-51.
Ahlawat, Priya; Parolia, Abhishek; Hasan, Zeinab; Smales, Frederick C.; Pau, Allan; Toh, Chooigait G. 2014. "Comprehensive Implementation of the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) in a Dental School and University Oral Health Centre: A Stepwise Framework." Dent. J. 2, no. 1: 41-51.