Oral diseases qualify as a major public health problems owing to their high prevalence and incidence. In India, children form about 38% to 40% of the total population, and 80% of them have high levels of dental diseases. School dental screening is seen as a vehicle for bringing children with dental needs in contact with dental services. Dental screening of school children can help disadvantaged children by identifying their dental problems and educating them about their oral health status.
A total of 4750 students in 22 government schools belonging to the south zone of Bangalore city were selected randomly as a part of the school dental health program by Trinity Care Foundation. Of the Girls in age (6-11yrs), 53.5% had Caries and 17.2% had gingivitis. Of the Boys in age (6-11yrs), 55.3% had Caries and 19.3% had gingivitis. Of the Girls in age (12-15yrs), 48.5% had Caries and 24.7% had gingivitis. Of the Boys in age (12-15yrs), 40.2% had Caries and 33.5% had gingivitis.
Dental screening of school children can help disadvantaged children by identifying their dental problems and educating them about their oral health status and motivating them to obtain appropriate treatment. To provide on the spot diagnostic preventive & curative dental health Care Services to the school children through fully equipped Mobile Dental Clinic units along with Dental screening and oral health education.
Habit of tooth-brushing will begin at family level and parents will encourage this habit. Disadvantaged children will be able to get quality dental care in their schools, wherein incidence of Dental Caries and Gum bleeding will decrease.
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