Relationship of Oral Hygiene Practices and Dental Caries among School Children of Sullia Taluk, Karnataka, South India

Pentapati, Kalyana Chakravarthy (2013) Relationship of Oral Hygiene Practices and Dental Caries among School Children of Sullia Taluk, Karnataka, South India. Global Journal of Medical Research, 13 (2). pp. 9-13. ISSN 2249-4618

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Abstract

Objective: we aimed to evaluate the prevalence of dental caries, treatment needs and oral hygiene practices school going children of Sullia taluk.Materials and methods: A total of 1800 school children constituted the study sample. Each age group consisted of 600 children. Information on oral hygiene methods was collected. Dental caries was recorded using dft/DMFT as per WHO 1997 guidelines.Results: The prevalence of dental caries was found to be 33.6% in Sulliataluk. The prevalence of dental caries was found among 5 year old 31.0%, 12 year old 32.8% and 15 year old 37.0% respectively. Prevalence of dental caries among tooth brush using 32.6% and finger users 42.8%. This observation was statistically significant (P<0.05). The percentage of caries affected children was low among tooth paste user (30.5%) and those who brush their teeth twice daily (10.6%). The prevalence of dental caries found to be slightly higher among urban (34.2%) and mixed diet group (34.9%) compared to rural (33.3%) and vegetarian group (32.9%). In all the age groups the decayed teeth accounted for the greatest percentage in both deciduous and permanent dentition. The greatest treatment need for study population was one surface restoration.Conclusion: Prevalence of dental caries for the entire study population was 33.6% and the treatment need among the study population revealed that greatest need was for one surface restoration followed by other treatment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dental caries; Treatment need
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2015 04:27
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015 04:27
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/141582

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