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Title: Trends in dental caries and missing teeth in adult patients in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
Authors: Al-Ghannam, N.
Khan, N.
Al-Shammery, A.
Wyne, A.
Keywords: Dental caries; missing teeth; adult patients; Saudi Arabia
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Saudi Dental Society
Citation: Saudi Dental Journal; 17(2): 57-62
Abstract: The aim of the study was to determine dental caries prevalence and severity among adult patients attending Al-Ahsa Dental Center in Al-Ahsa Region of Saudi Arabia. A total of 544 adult patients, 42% males and 58% females with a mean age of 42.7±18.1 years, were examined for dental caries utilizing WHO criteria for diagnosis of dental caries. The caries prevalence among the sample was 89.2% with a mean DMFT score of 13.24±11.53. The mean DMFT scores of the patients from urban areas (14.03±12.11) were significantly higher than patients from rural areas (11.39±9.84) (P<0.01). Missing teeth was the major component of the total DMFT score. About 17% of the patients were edentulous. However, more than half (56.8%) of the patients above 61 years were edentulous. In conclusion, the caries prevalence and severity were very high among the subjects studied.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/16058
ISSN: 1013-9052
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