Journal article

Dental caries experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Northern Peninsula Area, Queensland

M Hopcraft, W Chow

AUSTRALIAN DENTAL JOURNAL | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A survey of dental caries experience in children was undertaken in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Peninsula Area of Queensland prior to the introduction of water fluoridation. METHODS: Data were obtained from screening dental examinations conducted by the Australian Army as part of a community assistance programme between May and September 2004 from 486 children aged 4-15 years. The clinical examinations were performed in a dental van using a dental chair, light, mirror and probe by a single calibrated examiner. RESULTS: Caries experience was high with a mean 6-year-old dmft of 6.37 and a mean 12-year-old DMFT of 3.50. The 6-year-old dmft S..

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