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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 16-21

Dentition status and treatment needs among 12 and 15 year old school going children of Udaipur City, Rajasthan


1 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, School of Dental Sciences, Sharda University, Greater Noida, UP., India
2 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Shree Bankey Bihari Dental College and Hospital, Gaziabad, UP, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Swati Sharma
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, School of Dental Sciences, Sharda University, Greater Noida, UP.
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Dental Caries is an important public health problem. Its high morbidity potential has brought this disease into the focus of dental health professionals. Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence and treatment needs among 12 and 15 year old school going children of Udaipur city, Rajasthan, India. Methodology: The study population consisted of 1000 school children of both sexes (495, 12 year old & 505, 15 year old). A simple random sampling method was used to select the schools. Dental Caries was assessed using Dentition Status and Treatment Needs described by WHO (1997). Results: The prevalence of dental caries was 26.22 % among 12 year olds with 26.22% for males (mean DMFT = 1.79) and 18.51% for females (mean DMFT = 1.41) .In 15 year old children,caries prevalence was 30.80%, with 35.59% for males (mean DMFT = 2.08) and 26.02% for females (mean DMFT = 1.84). The evaluation of the treatment need revealed that the greatest need was for one surface filling followed by two or more surface fillings. Conclusion: It may be concluded that provision of oral health education in the schools and school based preventive programmes may thus help to reduce further caries prevalence in this state.


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