Prevalence of Dental Caries among School Children in Sundarban, IndiaPratiti Datta1 and Pratyay Pratim Datta2*
13rd year student, BDS, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, India
2PG Resident, Pharmacology, Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, Bhubaneswar, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- Pratyay Pratim Datta
PG Resident, Pharmacology
Hi- Tech Medical College and Hospital
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 25, 2013; Accepted date: September 10, 2013; Published date: September 12, 2013
Citation: Datta P, Datta PP (2013) Prevalence of Dental Caries among School Children in Sundarban, India. Epidemiol 3:135. doi: 10.4172/2161-1165.1000135
Copyright: © 2013 Datta P, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Dental caries is a public health problem in developing countries like India. The problem is dreadful among school children particularly of lower socio-economic status. The present study was planned to assess the prevalence of dental caries among students after the eruption of permanent dentition and to find out the association of socio-demographic characteristics with the prevalence of dental caries.
The present study was conducted in a rural high school in a hard to reach area of Sundarban, West Bengal, India. Students studying in class VII aged 13-14 years were checked for presence of dental caries and asked about the hygienic habit and socio-demographic characteristics with the help of predesigned questionnaire.
Total 114 students participated in the study and the overall prevalence of dental caries was found to be 72%. The prevalence of dental caries was significantly higher among students belonging to family having less per capita monthly income. The prevalence was significantly lower among students who had brushing habits twice a day as compared to those having brushing habit once daily or not every day. Students having more than one sibling had higher prevalence as compared to students having no or one sibling.
Dental caries can be prevented by proper hygienic habits. Awareness among students and their mothers should be generated for primary