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Oral health is fundamental to general health and well being. Dental caries and periodontal diseases are two major chronic diseases affecting mankind from centuries causing tooth mortality and loss of function. Whereas much effort has been put to prevent and control dental caries, such seriousness in not observed in case of preventing periodontal diseases. A cross sectional survey was conducted on 12-16 year old school children residing in Panchkula district of Haryana state, India. In total 800 children were examined for their periodontal status and treatment needs by using CPITN index. A questionnaire was also prepared for recording oral hygiene habits and dental services utilization of children. Results of the study showed high prevalence of periodontal diseases and treatment needs. The prevalence was increasing with age but their was no difference in gender. Rural children had high prevalence of periodontal disease as compared to their urban counterparts. To conclude, it can be stated that periodontal health of this population is poor and a major public health problem. Hence, there is a need of implementing comprehensive school dental programme focusing on prevention and control of periodontal diseases.