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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2022.20.11.NQ66141

Prevalence of dental caries in school going children

Dr. Diljot Kaur, Dr. Lalit Patil, Dr. Deepika, Dr Gagandeep Singh, Dr Gagandeep Singh, Dr. Simarpreet Singh Batra


Background: To evaluate the prevalence of dental caries in school going children. Materials & methods: The study was carried out on 150 school going children. Children were of age group 4-7 years. This study was completed in a span of 1 month. Complete screening of children was done. The children were examined individually in the school premises by using plane mouth mirrors and community periodontal index probe. The examination was done under natural day light using WHO criteria. Results: In this study, a total of 150 school children were enrolled. Out of which 90 were boys and 60 were girls. The prevalence of dental caries was 73.4% among boys and 63.3% among girls. The girls had lower dmft scores than boys and the overall prevalence was 68.34%. According to residential area, the rural population had 58.4% and urban had 54.5% of caries prevalence rate. Conclusion: The prevalence of dental caries among 4-7 years old children is high.


dental caries, prevalence, children

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