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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 213-218

Oral health status and treatment needs among 10126 school children in West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India

1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, St. Joseph Dental College and Hospital, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Rishiraj College of Dental Science and Research Center, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Dr. M Ghanashyam Prasad
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, St. Joseph Dental College and Hospital, Duggirala, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.183102

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Objectives: Oral diseases are affecting a large percentage of children worldwide. This study with Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry collaboration was taken up with the aim to evaluate the oral health status and treatment needs in school-going children of the West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 10126 school children who were randomly selected from 32 schools in West Godavari district. To find the significance of the obtained number of cases for different age groups, Chi-square test of significance was used. Results: The prevalence of dental conditions are as follows: Dental caries 63.5%, periodontal diseases 13.6%, dental anomalies 3.6%, dental trauma 3.2%, and orthodontic treatment 25.1%. Among the different age groups, 11–14 years age group has the highest prevalence of oral health problems. Females were more affected with dental caries (P = 0.17), orthodontic treatment needs (P = 0.12), and dental anomalies (P = 0.86) compared to males which was statistically insignificant. The highest prevalence of dental conditions in the case of females was observed during the age of 11–14 years, and in males, the peak was seen in the 15–18 years age group. Conclusions: This study demonstrated that school-going children in West Godavari district suffer from a high prevalence of dental conditions and have higher treatment needs.

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