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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-37

Assessment of dental treatment required and analysis of cost in the management of dental caries among semiurban primary school children of Kerala.


Dept of Pedodontics, Govt. Dental College, Trivandrum

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K N Retna
Dept of Pedodontics, Govt. Dental College, Trivandrum

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The study was carried out with the purpose of assessing the dental treatment requirement and analysis of cost in the management of dental caries among primary school children of Kerala. The sample consisted of 750 primary school children and their parents. 68.5% children were affected with dental caries. Decayed teeth accounted for the largest component. One surface restorations were the most frequent type of treatment required followed by extractions, pit and fissure sealants and pulp therapy. The treatment cost increased in direct proportion to the number of teeth involved. The average cost incurred for various dental treatment varied from Rs. 50 (consultation) to Rs. 300 (for filling and extraction) depending on the nature of treatment. Only 1/3rd of children requiring immediate dental treatment had approached for any form of dental consultation. The study also revealed that all the children who had approached the dentist for consultation and treatment had only done for temporary relief in relation to emergency management.






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