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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 15  |  Page : 135-137

Oral Health Status of Children by Different Socio-Economic Classes in Bangalore City

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Socioeconomic inequalities in oral health are a major challenge for health policy. Methods: 6,820 primary and middle school children aged 6 to 12 years old of Bangalore city were examined for dental caries, oral mucosal lesions, fluorosis, soft deposits, calculus and gingivitis. Kuppaswamy's scale was employed for socio-economic classification. Results: Dental Fluorosis was seen in Upper Lower Class (9.66%). Highest prevalence of DMF Index was encountered in Upper Class children (1.22). Calculus was highest (89.82%) in Lower class children. Conclusion: caries experience is directly proportional to the social status of the children. Soft deposits, Calculus and Gingivitis showed an increasing trend from upper class to Lower class children.

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