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Prevalence of Dental Caries Among 7- and 13-Year-Old First Nations Children, District of Manitoulin, OntarioFULL TEXT
Sabrina Peressini, BSc, MSc, BEd
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Methods: All children 7 or 13 years of age who were in elementary schools on a reserve in 7 First Nations communities were eligible for a dental health examination as part of the survey. Children attending school off the reserve in 6 of the communities were also eligible.
Results: A total of 66 children (56% 7-year-old children, 62% girls) were examined. The mean caries score (deft+ DMFT) for 7-year-old children was 6.2; the mean decayed, extracted, filled permanent teeth (DMFT) score for 13-year-old children was 4.1. Overall, 96% of children had 1 or more past or active carious lesion.
Conclusion: Results indicate that dental caries is highly prevalent and increasing in severity in this population.
MeSH Key Words: child; dental caries/epidemiology; Indians, North American/statistics & numerical dataReply to this article | View replies 
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