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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 97-100

Caries prevalence and its relation to socio-economic status and oral hygiene practices in 600 pre-school children of Kerala-India.


Department of Pedodontics, Government Dental College, Trivandrum

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S Kuriakose
Department of Pedodontics, Government Dental College, Trivandrum

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This Study was undertaken to determine the caries status of pre-school children in Ulloor Panchayat of Trivandrum, Kerala and to determine the relation if any, between their caries and socio-economic status and oral practices. 200 children each from the low, middle arid higher socio-economic group were visually examined for caries by the same examiner in natural daylight. Caries was recorded according to the WHO criteria. Information regarding the childrens' oral hygiene practices were obtained through structured questionnaires to the care takers of the children. Computer analysis of the data collected showed that 43% of the study sample were caries free. Socio-economic level was found to have a negative association with caries status. The mode of tooth brushing was found to be significantly related to caries severity while the frequency of tooth brushing was found to have no association with caries prevalence and severity.






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