Objective: The objective of the study was to assess sensitivity and specificity of wooden spatula and toothpick (WT) as an alternative to mouth mirror and probe (MP) for detection of dental caries in schoolchildren.

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was done among schoolchildren. A trained and calibrated examiner examined dental caries in all children by using a mouth mirror and community periodontal index (CPI) probe using these criteria under natural light. After a week children were reexamined for dental caries by a wooden spatula and toothpick. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, false-positive rate, and false-negative rate of wooden spatula and toothpick examination were calculated using mouth mirror and CPI probe examination as the standard method.

Results: The sensitivity of wooden spatula and toothpick examination in deciduous, mixed, and permanent dentition was found to be 97.2, 94.4, and 84.7% respectively.

Conclusion: Wooden spatula and toothpick examination can be used as an alternative to traditional mouth mirror and probe examination to detect dental caries in schoolchildren.

Keywords: School children, Toothpick, Validity, Wooden spatula.

How to cite this article: Agrawal R, Sonkesriya S, Vanka S, Kothari S, Sharva V, Saxena V. Validity Assessment of Wooden Spatula and Toothpick as an Alternative for Detection of Dental Caries in the Indian School Setting. Int J Oral Care Res 2017;5(3):355-360.

Source of support: Nil

Conflict of interest: None