Author(s): Goyal A, Gauba K, Chawla HS, Kaur M, Kapur A
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Abstract The prevalence of dental caries in 6, 9, 12 and 15-year-old school children of Chandigarh, selected on a randomized basis was evaluated using Moller's criteria (1966) and correlated with the various risk factors. The mean deft was found to be 4.0 +/- 3.6 in 6 year old and 4.61 +/- 3.14 in 9 year old, whereas the mean DMFT in 12 and 15 year old was found to be 3.03 +/- 2.52 and 3.82 +/- 2.85 respectively. The high prevalence of dental caries in these children was attributed to the lack of use of fluoride toothpaste (80\% children), lack of knowledge about etiology of dental caries (98\%) and frequency of sugar exposures up to more than five times per day (30\%).
This article was published in J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent
and referenced in Journal of Nursing & Care