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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 57-59

Change in dental caries status over 2 years in children of Panchkula, Haryana: A longitudinal study

1 Department of Prosthodontics, B. R. S. Dental College, Panchkula, Haryana, India
2 Department of Pedodontics, B.R.S. Dental College, Panchkula, Haryana, India
3 E. M. O. General Hospital, Panchkula, Haryana, India
4 Dr. Kalra's Multispeciality Dental Clinic, Panchkula, Haryana, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.97701

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Background: Despite credible scientific advances and the fact that it is preventable, dental caries continues to be a major public health problem in developing countries like India. The first step toward disease prevention at community level is assessment of the disease activity. Aim: Hence this study was conducted to evaluate the change in dental caries status over 2 years in children of Panchkula, Haryana. Materials and Methods: 207 school children having mixed dentition (age 7-8 years) and 103 children (age 12-13 years) were assessed for change in their dmf/DMF status over 2 years. Results and Conclusion: Results revealed that 81% of 7-8-year-old children and 83 % 12-13-year-olds had caries. There was a statistically significant increase in DMFT score of children over 2 years; thus necessitating implementation of rigorous preventive strategies at community level.

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