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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 115-118

Epidemiology of dental caries in Chandigarh school children and trends over the last 25 years


Unit of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Oral Health Sciences Centre, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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A Goyal
Oral Health Sciences Center, PGIMER, Chandigarh - 160012
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.36559

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The prevalence of dental caries in 6, 9, 12 and 15-year-old school children of Chandigarh, selected on a randomized basis was evaluated using Moller's criteria (1966) and correlated with the various risk factors. The mean deft was found to be 4.0 3.6 in 6 year old and 4.61 3.14 in 9 year old, whereas the mean DMFT in 12 and 15 year old was found to be 3.03 2.52 and 3.82 2.85 respectively. The high prevalence of dental caries in these children was attributed to the lack of use of fluoride toothpaste (80% children), lack of knowledge about etiology of dental caries (98%) and frequency of sugar exposures up to more than five times per day (30%).






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