At the request of the Division of Oral Health of the Municipal Health Department of Cascavel-PR, the Dentistry course at the Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná (UNIOESTE) performed the first epidemiological survey in the area of Oral Health. The survey was conducted in children aged 5 and 12 years and was used epidemiological indices dtmf and DMFT indexes of state and municipal schools chosen by lottery covering all regions of the city. The results obtained through the survey yielded information on the oral health status of the population of Cascavel. The dtmf had a mean of 2.42 and DMFT was 1.91, being higher in the Central region. Although the results showed lower values than those of SB BRASIL 2000, the work was valuable for the creation and maintenance of a database contributing the perspective of designing a surveillance system in oral health.
dental caries; epidemiology; DMFT index