Journal of Applied Dental
and Medical Sciences
Journal of Applied Dental and Medical Sciences is A Quarterly Published


Prevalence Of Dental Caries Among School Children In Ghana

Abdullah Abugarnin


Aim: To investigate the prevalence of the prevalence of dental caries both in deciduous and permanent teeth among Ghanaian school children. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among a sample of 100 school children in Ghana. Convenience sampling method was used for ease in data collection purpose. WHO accepted indices for assessing caries was used. ADA type 3 examination was done. Data was analyzed using SPSS. The mean and standard deviation of scores were calculated. Results: The mean (±SD) age of the patients was 10.13 (±2.42) years. The overall prevalence of dental caries in primary and permanent teeth was 70% among the total number of children examined. The prevalence of dental caries in 6 to 10 years age group was 81% and in 11 to 15 age group was 89%. The mean ± sd dmft among 6-10-year-old and mean ± sd DMFT of 11-15 years was 3.46 ± 3.20 and mean ± sd DMFT was found to be 3.44 ± 2.76. Conclusion: The study concluded a high prevalence of dental caries and decayed component constituting the major part both in caries prevalence of primary and permanent teeth.

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