Caries trends 1996-2002 among 6- and 12-year-old children and erosive wear prevalence among 12-year-old children in The Hague

Caries Res. Jan-Feb 2005;39(1):2-8. doi: 10.1159/000081650.

Abstract

In 2002 a dental survey amongst 6- and 12-year-old schoolchildren (n = 832) in The Hague was carried out. The caries findings were compared with findings from earlier studies in The Hague. Caries prevalence (% of caries-free children) and caries experience (mean dmfs scores) among 6-year-old children had not changed significantly in the period 1996-2002. However, a significant increase of caries-free 12-year-old children of low socio-economic status was found in the period 1996-2002. The proportions of caries-free 12-year-old Dutch, Turkish and Moroccan children of low socio-economic status were 88, 69 and 78%, respectively, in 2002. The average DMFT score of 12-year-olds reached a minimum of 0.2. In 2002, 24% of the 12-year-olds exhibited signs of erosion, indicating that the presence of erosive wear was high among youngsters in The Hague.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • DMF Index
  • Dental Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Dental Caries / epidemiology*
  • Dental Caries / ethnology
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Morocco / ethnology
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Social Class
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tooth Erosion / epidemiology*
  • Tooth Erosion / ethnology
  • Toothbrushing / statistics & numerical data
  • Turkey / ethnology