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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-22

Dental caries status among 6-14 years old school going children of Sebha City, Libya


1 Professor and Head, Dept o f Preventive and Community Dentistry, College o f Dental Sciences, Davanagere, India
2 Assistant Professor, Dept of Oral Biology, Faculty o f Dentistry, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya
3 Dept of Preventive Dentistry, Faculty o f Dentistry, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya
4 Tutor, Dept of Oral Biology, Faculty o f Dentistry, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya

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P G Naveen Kumar
Professor and Head, Dept o f Preventive and Community Dentistry, College o f Dental Sciences, Davanagere
India
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Aim: The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of dental caries amongprimary school children in Sebha city, Libya. Methods: School children were examined by calibrated examiners according to World HealthOrganization oral health survey methods performing type III dental examination. Five hundredseventy-two (n=572) students between ages 6-14 years were selected and examined. DMFT anddmft scores were calculated and statistically tested for correlations with age, gender using "t" testand Analysis ofVariance (ANOVA)./5-value <0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: The results showed that the mean DMFT was 1.07} .09 in males and 1.24} .1 infemales &mean dmft was 1.75}. 12 in males and 1.72}. 14 in females. Conclusion: This study provides a baseline data for promotion & evaluation of school oralhealth in Sebha; the findings also stress on the need to treat the school children at the early stages ofcaries development with a preventive and primary preventive approach as well as the baseline datafor any further studies in this field.


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