Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry                           
Year : 2005  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23--26

Dental caries experience and salivary levels of Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacilli in 13-15 years old children of Belgaum city, Karnataka


PP Hegde, BR Ashok Kumar, VA Ankola 
 Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, KLES Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, India

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P P Hegde
Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, KLES Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum
India

The present cross-sectional study was carried out in 372 school going children of Belgaum aged 13-15 years. The sample was selected by two stage random sampling method. The aim of the study was to estimate the salivary levels of Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacilli and to study the relationship between these microorganisms and dental caries experience. The DMFT was recorded according to the WHO criteria(1997).The microbial load was estimated from a single saliva sample obtained from the children. The mean DMFT recorded was 2.41. Streptococcus mutans was detected in 87.37% and Lactobacilli in only 36.71% of the sample. Statistically, highly significant relation was found between Streptococcus mutans and DMFT categories ( 2 =125.36, P< 0.001), while Lactobacilli was not statistically related to DMFT categories ( χ2 =8.78, P>0.05).


How to cite this article:
Hegde P P, Ashok Kumar B R, Ankola V A. Dental caries experience and salivary levels of Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacilli in 13-15 years old children of Belgaum city, Karnataka.J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2005;23:23-26


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Hegde P P, Ashok Kumar B R, Ankola V A. Dental caries experience and salivary levels of Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacilli in 13-15 years old children of Belgaum city, Karnataka. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent [serial online] 2005 [cited 2019 Dec 16 ];23:23-26
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