Community Dental Health

Cover Date
June 2008
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0265 539X
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Editorial - Do we let children’s teeth decay just because some people object to topping up the natural fluoride that’s already in our water? 66 69 10.1922/CDH_2435Lennon04
Correlates of dental caries in 12-year-old children in Europe: a cross-sectional analysis 70 78 10.1922/CDH_2195Downer09
Dental caries rates in primary teeth in 2002, and caries surveillance trends 1981-2002, in a South African city. 79 83 10.1922/CDH_2166CleatonJones05
Individual and maternal determinants of self–reported dental health among Turkish school children aged 10-12 years. 84 88 10.1922/CDH_2154Cinar05
Prediction of periodontal pathology around third molars using linear mixed effects modeling 89 97 10.1922/CDH_2011Phillips09
Duties and training of dental nurses: How do Irish practices conform to European standards? 98 102 10.1922/CDH_2090Lynch05
Comparison of ranking dental status using the Significant Caries Index and the Significant Filled and Sound-Teeth Index 103 106 10.1922/CDH_2187Namal04
Measuring oral health behaviour in Flemish health care workers: an application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour 107 114 10.1922/CDH_2120VandenBroucke08
The influence of early counselling on weaning from a bottle 115 118 10.1922/CDH_2137Franco04
Prevalence and severity of dental caries in schoolchildren of Porto, Portugal 119 125 10.1922/CDH_2193Mello07
Short Communication - Orthodontic treatment need in Nigerian children 126 128 10.1922/CDH_2165Ajayi03

Dental caries rates in primary teeth in 2002, and caries surveillance trends 1981-2002, in a South African city.

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  • P. Fatti
  • C. Green
  • S. Williams
  • P. Cleaton-Jones


Objective To determine trends in the prevalence and severity of dental caries in 2- to 5-year-old children. Basic research design Repeated cross-sectional surveys in 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2002. Clinical setting Nursery schools in Germiston, South Africa. Participants Dental caries was diagnosed by calibrated examiners using WHO criteria in 7,185 2- to 5-year-old children whose parents had given informed consent. Main outcome measures Caries prevalence (%), caries experience (dmft). Results Both caries prevalence and experience showed statistically significant (p<0.001) fluctuations between study years from 1981 to 2002. A worry is an increase in rates between 1997 and 2002. Conclusion There is a suggestion of a cyclical pattern to the caries rates observed.

Key words: caries prevalence, dental caries, dental epidemiology, dmft, surveillance

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