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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 405-409

Prevalence of dental fluorosis among 12–15 years school children of Bharatpur city: A cross-sectional study

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry Daswani Dental College and Hospital, Kota, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, K.D. Dental College and Hospital, Mathura, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, ITS Dental College and Hospital, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Guardian Dental College, Ambernath, Mumbai, India
5 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Vasantdada Patil Dental College, Sangli, Maharashtra, India
6 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Daswani Dental College and Hospital, Kota, Rajasthan, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2319-5932.171194

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Introduction: Healthy teeth are important for any section of society. Dental caries, the product of man's progress toward civilization, has a very high morbidity potential. Fluoride has been recognized as one of the most influential factor responsible for the observed decline of caries among children as well as adults of these countries. While fluoride is accepted as an effective method to prevent caries, the excessive consumption of fluoride can put teeth at risk of developing dental fluorosis. Aims and Objectives: To assess the prevalence of dental fluorosis among 12–15 years old government and private school children of Bharatpur city, Rajasthan. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was carried out on total 1400 school children, out of which 700 school children were from government schools and 700 were from private schools. Simple random sampling methodology was used to select the sample. The subjects were examined for dental fluorosis according to WHO 1997 assessment form. Results: The prevalence of dental fluorosis was found higher among government school children, that is, 54.5% when compared to private school children, that is, 45.5% respectively, and this difference was found to be statistically significant (P ≤ 0.05). Conclusion: The study showed the increased prevalence of dental fluorosis among government school children as compared to private school children. Dental fluorosis was found to be the major public health problem among both government and private school children of Bharatpur city which needed immediate attention. Regular dental check-ups and routine oral hygiene practice will enable them to lead a healthier life.

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