Surveillance of primary dentition caries in Germiston, South Africa, 1981Ã¢â‚¬â€œ97
: Cleaton-Jones P, Williams S, Fatti LP
: Blackwell Synergy
This 17-year-long study examined trends of dental caries
rates in the primary dentition of 6843 preschool children in a South African city.
Methods: Calibrated dentists did repeated cross-sectional epidemiological surveys
of dental caries in 2- to 5-year-old nursery school children using WHO diagnostic
criteria between 1981 and 1997. Results: Both the percentage of children with
dmftÃ‚Â±0 and mean dmft increased between 1981 and 1989 and have slowly de- Key words: Africa; caries; diagnosis; epidemiology
clined ever since in the absence of organised prevention to produce a secular
trend of decreasing caries rates.
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