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Computing and Oral Health: Mobile Solution for Collecting, Data Analysis, Managing and Reproducing Epidemiological Research in Population Groups

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Department of Medicine, Federal University of Tocantins, Palmas, TO 77090-001, Brazil
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Department of Computer Science, Federal University of Tocantins, Palmas, TO 77090-001, Brazil
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Department of Medicine and Nursing, Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa, MG 36570-900, Brazil
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Department of Nutrition and Health, Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa, MG 36570-900, Brazil
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Current address: Universidade Federal do Tocantins (UFT) - Campus Palmas. Quadra 109 Norte, Avenida NS15, ALCNO-14, Plano Diretor Norte, Bloco Bala 1, Sala 14. CEP: 77001-090 - Palmas, TO, Brazil.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(3), 1076; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17031076
Received: 6 January 2020 / Revised: 23 January 2020 / Accepted: 24 January 2020 / Published: 8 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Oral Prevention and Management of Oral Healthcare)
Epidemiological inquiries study and evaluate the health status of the population. For dental caries, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the DMFT and DMFS indexes, which represent the sum of the decayed, missing and filled teeth, divided by the population studied. Traditionally these surveys are conducted using cellulose paper sheet. This study describes the development and presents the field performance of NutriOdonto, a software created for an Oral Health Survey carried out in 2018 and 2019 involving 2578 students from the municipal schools of Palmas/TO, located in the Brazilian Amazon region. This is a descriptive, applied research on the development of a software for the collecting, analysis, management and reproducibility of oral health epidemiological research. A software applied to the collecting, analysis and formation of the database was developed through the information obtained from the questionnaires applied to the participants of the study and the completion of the electronic oral examination form. Recent Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are intelligently configured to create models and mobile applications (Apps) that can be useful to manage health issues, thus broadening the perspective of service provision in this sector. Some of these mobile devices, tablets and smartphones are being developed to generate information, for collection, recording, storage and analysis of oral health epidemiological research data. NutriOdonto contributed to the rapid collection, recording and storage of information, in the construction of the database and its analysis. Replacing paper forms with electronic forms minimized possible typos, reduced the use of cellulose paper and the financial costs, among other things. This software can contribute to decision making by managers and professionals and to improving the planning and implementation of actions in health promotion and oral disease prevention. View Full-Text
Keywords: epidemiological surveys; oral health; computer software; DMF index; computing applied to dentistry epidemiological surveys; oral health; computer software; DMF index; computing applied to dentistry
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Cavalcante, N.V.; Oliveira, A.H.; Sá, B.V.C.; Botelho, G.; Moreira, T.R.; Costa, G.D.; Cotta, R.M.M. Computing and Oral Health: Mobile Solution for Collecting, Data Analysis, Managing and Reproducing Epidemiological Research in Population Groups. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1076.

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