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Dental Health and Treatment Needs Among Children in a Tribal Community

Mitesh D Kathariya, Prashant S Viragi, KS Dwijendra, Kirti Chopra, HS Madhukar

Citation Information : Kathariya MD, Viragi PS, Dwijendra K, Chopra K, Madhukar H. Dental Health and Treatment Needs Among Children in a Tribal Community. J Contemp Dent Pract 2013; 14 (4):747-750.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1395

Published Online: 01-12-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).



To assess the dental health status and treatment needs among children of ‘Pardhi’ tribal community.


A total of 185 children were examined over a period of 2 months using WHO proforma. The statistical software namely SPSS version 15.0 and data was analyzed using Student's t-test and ANOVA test at p < 0.05.


The mean score for dft and DMFT was 1.87 ± 1.073 and 2.04 ± 1.564 respectively with males subjects were having comparatively more scores. It was also found significant differences between age groups. Most of the children needed one surface filling, i.e. 29.40%, followed by pulp care and restoration (19.30%), two or more surface fillings (15.60%) and extraction (11.70%).

Clinical significance

The study subjects were characterized by a lack of dental care services, high prevalence of dental caries and treatment needs. Therefore, implementation of a basic oral health care program for this tribal population is a high priority

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Viragi PS, Dwijendra KS, Kathariya MD, Chopra K, Dadpe MV, Madhukar HS. Dental Health and Treatment Needs Among Children in a Tribal Community. J Contemp Dent Pract 2013;14(4):747-750.

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