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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 1-2

Oral health status and treatment requirements of (3-5) years old pre-school children in Bangalore City-A survey


1 HOD & Senior Civil Surgeon, Preventive & Communuity Dentistry, TN Govt. Dental College & Hospital, Chennai - 3, India
2 Prof & HOD, Preventive & Communuity Dentistry, Govt. Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore, India

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Aswath Narayanan
HOD & Senior Civil Surgeon, Preventive & Communuity Dentistry, TN Govt. Dental College & Hospital, Chennai - 3
India
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The specific purpose of this study was to determine the comprehensive oral health status and treatment requirement of (3-5) years old pre-school children using a standardised WHO format and to achieve a base line data for program planners. 1806, 3-5 years old children were drawn from 26 pre-schools in Bangalore city using a multistage simple random sampling technique and were assessed for eight oral parameters. The study showed dental caries, malocclusion and enamel defects were the most common condition (41.53%, 24.09%, 14.55% respectively). Other parameter were not prevalent enough to be a public health problem. The treatment requirements of the above conditions were not met. Concluding, oral health care facilities need to be improved, school health education need to be stressed and the political will be needs to be shown for a National oral Health Policy.


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