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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 718-721

Dental caries status of tribal children in Javadhu Hills (Tamil Nadu)


Professor, Dept of Public Health Dentistry, Maitri Dental College and Hospital, Durg (CG), India

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Pralhad L Dasar
Professor, Dept of Public Health Dentistry, Maitri Dental College and Hospital, Durg (CG)
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Background: Their have been relatively few investigations of dental caries among the tribal children. Several investigations have noted that the tribal children have higher level of dental caries and a lower level of care taken. Objective: To determine the Dental caries status in tribal children of Javadhu Hills (Tamil Nadu). Methodology: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted to determine the Dental caries status in tribal children of Javadhu Hills (Tamil Nadu). A study conducted in a sample of 292 children of 6-20 years of age. A specially designed survey proforma was prepared to collect the data. The dental caries was recorded by using DMFT Index. Results: Showed that the mean DMFT score for the 6-10 years age group was found to be 21.23% with the mean DMFT of 1.92, in 11-15 yrs age group the total DMFT score was 57.33% with the mean DMFT of 1.76 and In 16-20 yrs age group the total DMFT score was 21.44% with the mean DMFT of 1.57. The total mean DMFT was 1.75. Conclusion: The present study reported the mean DMFT of 1.75. The decayed 'D' and missing component 'M' was major contributor to mean DMFT in the tribal children of Javadhu Hills (Tamil Nadu). There was no contribution of 'F' (Filled) component.


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