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A study of dental caries in rural and an urban primary school of Zambia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7347479     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
320 children, 160 from a rural and 160 from an urban primary school were examined for dental caries. The urban children were found to have twice as much caries as their rural counterparts. Their D.M.F./df indices were also much higher. No significant sex difference was noted. The tribal distribution shows that the Tonga are the most susceptible tribe while the Lenje have the least caries. The relationship between caries and brushing habits, as well as consumption of confectionary was established. The commonest teeth affected and their relationship to age was also noted. It was concluded that urbanization has definitely contributed to the higher caries prevalence in the urban school children. Although the situation is not as bad as in the West, if it remains unchecked, 90% of the population may have caries in another 15 years.
K S Baboo; I K Bhatia; B S Nkowane
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical journal of Zambia     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0047-651X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med J Zambia     Publication Date:    1981 Aug-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-12-02     Completed Date:  1982-12-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0251103     Medline TA:  Med J Zambia     Country:  ZAMBIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  56-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
DMF Index
Dental Caries / epidemiology*
Diet, Cariogenic
Rural Health*
Urban Health*

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