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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 309-313

Oral Health Status and Treatment Needs of A Residential School Children aged 3-15 Years in Chennai City


Department of Public Health Dentistry, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

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Oral health is an essential component of health throughout life. Millions of Individuals suffer from dental caries and periodontal disease, resulting in unnecessary pain, difficulty in chewing, swallowing and speaking, and increased medical costs; hence, the present study was conducted to evaluate the oral health status of school children which would help us in planning and implementing necessary preventive measures. Aim: To assess the Oral health status and treatment needs of a residential school children aged 3-15 years in Chennai city. Objectives: 1. To assess the Oral health status and treatment needs of residential school children Aged 3-15 years in Chennai city using the criteria of WHO basic oral health survey proforma (1997). 2. To evolve a data base on oral health status and treatment needs of the Study population for future planning and implementation of dental public health program. Materials and Methods: The study participants (n 422) were 3-15 years aged children of sushil hari international residential school. Data was recorded by WHO proforma and analyzed using SPSS version16.Statistical significance was determined by using Kruskal-Wallis One Way ANOVA followed by Mann-Whitney U-Test and the level of significance was set at P 0.05. Results: The mean dmft between males and females was 1.12 and 0.72 which was statistically significant. The mean dmft between different age group was 2.05, 0.97 and 0.00 which was statistically significant. The mean DMFT between males and females was 0.41 and 0.32 which was statistically significant. The mean dmft between different age group was 2.05, 0.97 and 0.00 which was statistically significant.


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