Cuidados de la dentición primaria de escolares de 6 y 7 años de edad

Translated title of the contribution: Care index for primary teeth in schoolchildren aged 6 and 7 years

Carlo Eduardo Medina Solis, Ana Alicia Vallejos Sánchez, Mima Minaya Sánchez, Juan Fernando Casanova Rosado, Rubén De La Rosa Santillana, Mauricio Escoffié Ramírez, Gerardo Maupomé

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Objective: To determine the experience, prevalence and severity of dental caries, and to establish the treatment needs and care index for the primary dentition of children aged 6 and 7 years. Material and Methods: This cross sectional study comprised 357 schoolchildren from Campeche City, Mexico. Decayed, indicated for extraction / extracted and missing teeth index (dmft index) was used to determine the experience of dental caries and also to calculate the prevalence (dmft > 0), severity (dmft ≥4) as well as the treatment needs index (TNI) and the care index (CI). Questionnaires were used to identify sociodemographic, socioeconomic and oral health behaviors. Data were analyzed with a binary logistic regression model. Results: The overall dmft index was 2.29 ± 2.95 The prevalence and severity of caries were 52.4% and 29 1%, respectively. The percentage of TNI was 88.1%, while the CI was 11.4%. A negative attitude towards oral health (OR = 2.32, 95% CI 1.36-3.94) and visits to the dentist in the year prior to the study (OR = 1.93, 95% CI 1.44-2.54) were associated with caries prevalence. Conclusions: More than half of the schoolchildren had caries in primary dentition. There was a high percentage of carious lesions requiring treatment. We note that the attitude of the mother to the child's oral health had a degree of influence on the prevalence of caries in primary dentition. Strategies to improve the oral health of schoolchildren need to be designed and implemented

Translated title of the contributionCare index for primary teeth in schoolchildren aged 6 and 7 years
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)128-133
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


  • Dmft index
  • Primary teeth caries
  • Schoolchildren

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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