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Dental Caries Status and Treatment Needs of Children of Fisher Folk Communities, Residing in the Costal Areas of Karnataka Region, South India



Objective: To assess the dental caries status and treatment needs of children belonging to the fisher folk

Method: Two hundred and sixty-seven children up to the age of 14 years were examined using the World Health Organization (WHO) oral health assessment criteria, 1997.

Results: The prevalence of dental caries was found to be high in the study population. The unmet treatment need was also high.

Conclusion: Further research is suggested in order to explore and identify the prevailing aetiological factors responsible for the current status.

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e-Published: 01 Jul, 2013
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