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Santosh University Journal of Health Sciences


Evaluation of Oral Health Status of School Going Children in Ghaziabad City


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Author Details: Archana Aggarwal, Natasha Gambhir, Varun Gupta, Rinku Garg

Volume : 1

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2455-1732

Print ISSN :

Article First Page : 85

Article End Page : 87


Abstract

Introduction: Oral health is an integral part of the general health and well-being of an individual and is now recognized as an equally important criterion. Knowledge of dental health and treatment needs of school children is important for developing appropriate preventive school health programs, anticipating utilization patterns, and planning effectively for organization and financing of dental resources.
Therefore, the following study was taken up with the aim to evaluate the oral health status in the School going children of the Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Material and Methodology: A total of 1685 students between the ages 2-16 were clinically examined from 15 different schools and were screened for Dental caries and periodontal status, according to WHO Criteria.
Results: About 44% of the children presented with dental caries & the number of carious teeth ranged from 1-5. 7-11 years age group showed maximum prevalence. Females were found to have more periodontal problems as compared to males, as well as individuals belonging to 7-11 years age group showed more periodontal problems as compared to other age groups.
Conclusion: This study substantiated the need to develop preventive school health programs along with the improvement of dental health services for school children.