September 2015

Volume 32, Issue 3

Dental survey of the Falkland Islands’ child population

Authors: C.M. Jones B. Walters
doi: 10.1922/CDH_3648Jones03


Community Dental Health (2015) 32, 190–192 Received 2 April 2015; Accepted 1 July 2015 Dental survey of the Falkland Islands’ child population C.M. Jones and B. Walters In November 2013 the first dental epidemiological survey of 5, 12 and 15 year old children was undertaken on The Falkland Islands. The census survey used the ICDAS II system and achieved an overall response rate of 87.4%. To allow international comparisons obvious decay experience is reported. The mean dmft of 5-year-olds was 1.2 teeth, the prevalence of decay experience was 34.6%. The mean DMFT of 12-year-old children was 0.9 teeth, the prevalence of decay experience was 36.7%. The mean DMFT of 15-year-olds was 1.78 teeth, and the prevalence of decay experience was 66.7%. This first dental survey showed that levels of child dental decay in the Falkland Islands are similar to western European countries. The results can now be used as a baseline and benchmark to follow future trends in dental health in this British Overseas Territory. Key words: dental caries, Falkland Islands, British Overseas Territories, children, epidemiological survey


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