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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 503-508

An Assessment of the Oral Health Status of 5 Year Old Government School Children in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India


1 Department of Community Dentistry, D J College of Dental Sciences & Research, Modinagar - 201204, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Paedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, D J College of Dental Sciences & Research, Modinagar - 201204, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, D J College of Dental Sciences & Research, Modinagar - 201204, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Department of Paedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, D J College of Dental Sciences & Research, Modinagar - 201204, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, D J College of Dental Sciences & Research, Modinagar - 201204, Uttar Pradesh, India
6 Department of Paedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, D J College of Dental Sciences & Research, Modinagar - 201204, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Healthy individuals are the most precious assets any country can have. For the same purpose an oral health survey is must for every country to determine the oral health status and the treatment needs of that population.Reliable baseline data are provided for the development of national or regional oral health programmes. Surveys are used to monitor changes in the levels and patterns of disease, so that appropriateness and the effectiveness of the services can be assessed. Keeping this in mind an oral health survey was planned to assess the oral health status of 5 years old school children attending the government school in Meerut city, Uttar Pradesh, India. Fifteen hundred children were examined, 60.2% males and 39.8% females. The prevalence of dental caries in males was 89.7%, with mean dmft of 2.63 and in females 86.8%, with a mean dmft of 2.21. The survey was done with an aim to comparatively evaluate the dental caries experience in terms of socioeconomic status with ethnic group, oral hygiene habits and sugar exposures.


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