Indian Journal of Dental Research

: 2018  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 317--322

Dental caries and fluorosis among children in Lebanon

Mounir Doumit, Bassel Doughan 
 Professors in Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon

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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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Doumit M, Doughan B. Dental caries and fluorosis among children in Lebanon.Indian J Dent Res 2018;29:317-322

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Doumit M, Doughan B. Dental caries and fluorosis among children in Lebanon. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Nov 30 ];29:317-322
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