Dental caries experience among school children of Eastern Nepal - significant caries index

Authors

  • T K Bhagat B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
  • A Shrestha Department of Public Health Dentistry, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/hren.v12i2.14103

Keywords:

children, dental caries, Nepal, SiC index

Abstract

Background: Dental caries, an infectious microbiologic disease of dental hard tissues, is a common public health problem worldwide. The distribution of dental caries studied in any population, shows that a few in the population experience a lot of decayed teeth and most do not experience any at all or experience very little.

Objective: To assess the extent and severity of dental caries among 5-12 years old children of eastern Nepal using DMFT(Decayed, Missing and Filled teeth) and SiC (Significant Caries) index.

Methods: Six hundred and sixteen 5-12 years old school children were examined for decayed, missing and filled teeth using WHO criteria. DMFT, dft (decayed filled teeth) and SiC Indices were calculated.

Results: The mean dft and SiC* were 1.84 and 4.60 respectively, whereas mean DMFT and SiC were 0.33 and 0.92 respectively.

Conclusion: SiC gives a better picture of the at risk population, hence it should be widely used along with dft/DMFT.

Health Renaissance 2014;12(2): pp 74-77

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Author Biographies

T K Bhagat, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

Assistant Professor

A Shrestha, Department of Public Health Dentistry, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

Associate Professor and Head

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Published

2015-12-14

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Bhagat, T. K., & Shrestha, A. (2015). Dental caries experience among school children of Eastern Nepal - significant caries index. Health Renaissance, 12(2), 74–77. https://doi.org/10.3126/hren.v12i2.14103

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