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International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry


Introduction: Dental caries affects humans of all ages throughout the world and remains the major dental public health problem among children globally.

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using the cluster sampling technique to obtain the required sample size of 400 children from urban slum population of Faridabad, Haryana, India. Data were collected using World Health Organization dentition status 1997 criteria and PUFA/pufa index.

Type of study: Cross-sectional study.

Results: Among 6- to 12-year-age group, 68.5% subjects had one or more decayed deciduous teeth, of which 65.3% subjects had one or more pufa score, and 26.4% subjects were having one or more decayed permanent teeth, of which 16.7% subjects were having one or more PUFA score. The overall caries prevalence was 79.64% and overall prevalence of one or more than one PUFA+pufa was reported in 69.2% subjects.

Conclusion: The findings of the study showed the relevance of PUFA/pufa index to address the neglected problem of untreated caries and its consequences. The study also suggests the importance for implementation of the primary oral care programs for this deprived population.

Keywords: Dental caries, Dental public health problem, Primary oral health care.

How to cite this article: Marya C, Kataria S, Nagpal R, Oberoi SS, Dhingra C, Arora D. A Cross-sectional Study for Assessment of Untreated Dental Caries and Its Consequences among Slumdwelling Children. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2017;10(1):29-33.

Source of support: Nil

Conflict of interest: None

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