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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 517-524

Dental caries and prosthetic status among patients 12 years and above, attending H.P. Govt. Dental College and Hospital, Shimla - A cross - sectional study


1 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Dentistry, H.P. Govt. Dental College, Shimla, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Community Dentistry, M.M. College of Dental Sciences and Research Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry, H.P. Govt. Dental College, Shimla-H.P, India

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Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Dentistry, H.P. Govt. Dental College, Shimla
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Aim of the study: The study was done to assess the oral health status in terms of dental cariesprevalence, prosthetic status among the patients above 12 yrs attending H.P. Govt. Dental College &Hospital Shimla. Materials and method: It was cross sectional study. Data was recorded on a structured format.DMFT index and Prosthetic status and prothetic need indices were used to collect information regardingcaries and edentulism. The collected data was analyzed using the SPSS, statistical software (SPSS version11.05) Result: The mean DMFT was 6.5 prevalence of caries was found 80.5%. Mean value of decayedteeth, missing teeth, and filled teeth was 2.7, 3.0. and 0.8 respectively. 19.4% (119) subjects had 0 decayedteeth and total DMFT was 0 in 7.2% (44) subjects. 3.4% subjects were wearing some kind of prosthesesin maxilla and 5% in mandible. 27% (166) of subjects needed prosthesis in maxillary and 37.7% (230)needed prosthesis in mandibular arch. Conclusion: prevalence of dental caries was found considerably high (80.5%). Even prosthetic needwas also common in this population. These people should be educated to maintain oral hygiene and shouldbe motivated to take care of their teeth and come to Dental Hospital at beginning of the disease only.


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