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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 18-21

Dental Caries Experience among 6-18 years Old Blind Children of Residential School, Bangalore, Karnataka


Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere - 577004, Karnataka, India

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BACKGROUND: Visually handicapped patient presents a special challenge to the dental health care team and the blind children lack skills of oral hygiene practices. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the caries experience among 6-18 year old school going disabled blind children of a residential school at Bangalore. METHODOLOGY: The study was carried out on 220 blind children of Shri Ramanamaharshi residential school, Bangalore. WHO criteria was used for caries diagnosis. Type ill examination recommended by American dental association was used for this study. DMFI' index was used for recording the caries status. RESULTS: The sample consisted of all the 220 blind children who were residing in the school. The mean DMFf observed was 2.1. Out of 220 examined 150 had caries (68.2%), 5 had missing teeth (2.27%) and only 1 subject had a filled tooth. CONCLUSION: It could be concluded that this group of disabled children were highly neglected. It is appropriate to organize special health care camps at this institute at the earliest. Efforts must be made to educate the parents of this disabled group explaining the importance of oral health.


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