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Prevalence of caries and dental care status of schoolchildren from urban and rural areas in Araraquara, SP, Brazil.
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PMID:  7851993     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The research reported was carried out to assess the prevalence of caries and dental care status in schoolchildren from urban and rural areas in Araraquara, SP, Brazil. Schoolchildren from an urban area (1,472) and from a rural area (355), aged 7-12 years were examined by two examiners previously trained using the DMFT index. The results showed that the DMFT index was similar in both areas. At 12 years-of-age, the DMFT was 3.8 in urban schoolchildren and 4.0 in rural schoolchildren, considered moderate according to WHO classification. The dental care status was different in the urban and rural areas. In the urban area, 82.9 per cent of the decayed teeth were filled and in the rural area, only 22.1 per cent. The moderate prevalence of dental caries and the high proportion of filled teeth in the urban area suggest that the implementation of primary prevention programmes is necessary, in both, urban and rural populations.
E L Dini; S R Silva
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International dental journal     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0020-6539     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Dent J     Publication Date:  1994 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-03-14     Completed Date:  1995-03-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374714     Medline TA:  Int Dent J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  613-6     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Social Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Araraquara, SP, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Brazil / epidemiology
DMF Index
Dental Care / statistics & numerical data*
Dental Caries / epidemiology*,  prevention & control,  therapy
Dental Restoration, Permanent / statistics & numerical data
Health Status
Rural Health / statistics & numerical data*
Urban Health / statistics & numerical data*
World Health Organization

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