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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 317-322
Dental caries and fluorosis among children in Lebanon


Professors in Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon

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Dr. Mounir Doumit
PO Box: Antelias 70570, Beirut
Lebanon
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_475_17

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to assess caries and enamel fluorosis in a sample of 1433 children aged 6–8, 12, and 15 years from 48 schools in 6 regions of Lebanon, selected by probability proportional to size. Methods: Children were examined according to the World Health Organization criteria. Results: Our results showed a mean of decayed, missing, and filled teeth (DMFT) of 0.6 (dft of 5.15), 3.42, and 5.44 corresponding respectively to the groups of 6–8-, 12-, and 15-year-old children. In the same groups, the percentage of DMFT = 0 for the 6–8-year-old category was 74%, the 12-year-old category was 20.9%, and for the 15-year-old category was 9.7%; Ten (2.1%) 12 year olds had moderate and one (0.2%) severe scores; these children had been born in other countries. Conclusions: Survey results confirm the need to implement nationwide dental caries prevention measures. Since water fluoridation is not feasible, salt fluoridation would be the alternative.


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