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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 51-53

Dental caries prevalence and treatment needs of school going children in Kannur District, Kerala

Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Kannur Dental College, Kannur, Kerala, India

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Faizal C Peedikayil
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Kannur Dental College, Kannur, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-433X.120177

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Background: An epidemiological investigation was carried out to know the prevalence of Dental Caries amongst schoolchildren in Kannur District, Kerala. Materials and Methods: The criteria used for diagnosing caries were according to the World Health Organizations (1997). All data were entered into the SPSS program and subjected to statistical analysis. Results: The point prevalence of dental caries was recorded to be 49.44% with an average DMFT/deft of 2.63. The prevalence of caries showed a pattern of occurrence consistently increased from 5-7 years to 8-10 years age group and subsequently decreased at 11-14 years age. Regarding treatment needs, 66.19% children required dental treatment for dental caries. Conclusion: The study revealed that caries component of decayed, missing, filled/deft index was high at 90.01% indicating that many carious teeth were left untreated and this calls for concern.

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