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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 135-42

Prevalence of dental caries and risk assessment among primary school children of 6-12 years in the Varkala municipal area of Kerala.


Dept. of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Govt. Dental College, Thiruvananthapuram

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N Retnakumari
Dept. of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Govt. Dental College, Thiruvananthapuram

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This epidemiological survey attempted to establish the prevalence and severity of dental caries among primary school children of Varkala municipal area. The prevalence of dental caries was 68.5% with a standard error (SE) of 1.64% and 95%, confidence interval (CI) 65.18, 71.82. The highest caries prevalence was found among 10 year age group (75.9%) and lowest in the 8 year age group (63%). The highest dmft score was found in 9 year age group 2.73 +/- 0.443 and highest DMFT score was found in 12 year age group 2.06 +/- 0.3824. Statistically significant association was found with dental caries and oral hygiene status (Odds Ratio (OR) 3.59, 95% CI, 2.53, 5.06 and oral cleanliness OR 2.73, 95% CI 2.96, 3.82). Statistically significant association was found between low socioeconomic status and prevalence of caries (O.R. 1.89, 95% CI--1.28, 2.8).






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