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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

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MULLER, Ida Beatriz; CASTILHOS, Eduardo Dickie de; CAMARGO, Maria Beatriz Junqueira  and  GONCALVES, Helen. Dental caries experience and use of public dental services by school children: a descriptive study in Arroio do Padre, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil, 2013. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.4, pp.759-770. ISSN 2237-9622.


to describe the use of public dental services and to assess deft/DMFT indexes in the city of Arroio do Padre, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.


this was a cross-sectional study of all children aged 5 and 12 living in the city in 2013 (N=50); the children underwent oral health exams and the adults responsible for them answered questionnaires.


mean deft and DMFT were 3.9 and 1.3. In deciduous teeth (deft) there was predominance of the decay component (82%) while in the permanent dentition (DMFT) the filled component was predominant (65%); 19 children students had decayed teeth at the time of the examination and 13 of these had had a dental visit at the Basic Health Unit.


most children presented caries history, which may be attributed in part to low exposure to fluoride, low parental education and little appreciation of deciduous teeth.

Keywords : Dental Caries; DMF index; Oral Health; Dental Health Surveys; Epidemiology, Descriptive.

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