Evaluating the use of fluorescent imaging for the quantification of dental fluorosis

Michael G. McGrady, Roger P. Ellwood, Andrew Taylor, Anne Maguire, Michaela Goodwin, Nicola Boothman, Iain A. Pretty

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    Background: The quantification of fluorosis using fluorescence imaging (QLF) hardware and stain analysis software has been demonstrated in selected populations with good correlation between fluorescent image metrics and TF Index scores from photographs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of QLF to quantify fluorosis in a population of subjects (aged 11-13) participating in an epidemiological caries and fluorosis survey in fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities in Northern England.Methods: Fluorescent images of the maxillary incisors were captured together with standardized photographs were scored blind for fluorosis using the TF Index. Subjects were excluded from the analysis if there were restorations or caries on the maxillary central incisors.Results: Data were available for 1774 subjects (n=905 Newcastle, n=869 Manchester). The data from the fluorescence method demonstrated a significant correlation with TF Index scores from photographs (Kendall's tau = 0.332 p
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number47
    JournalBMC Oral Health
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012


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