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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-15

Early childhood caries in preschool children of gram panchayat Anoo, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh

1 Department of Pedodontics, DJ Dental College, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral Surgery, HP GDC, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine, Vananchal Dental College, Jharkhand, India
4 Department of Pedodontics, Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
5 Department of Pedodontics, College of Dental Sciences, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India

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Shikha Dogra
Department of Pedodontics, DJ Dental College, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJDS.IJDS_46_17

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Aim and Objectives: A study on prevalence and associated etiological factors of ECC. This study aimed to find the prevalence of ECC and the associated factors among preschool children in Anoo village, Hamirpur district (H.P). Materials and Methods: A sample of 65 children of age between 1 to 5 years was selected from anganwadi units of Anoo village. Dental caries was recorded and information regarding risk factors for caries was obtained through a questionnaire given to mothers or caretakers. Result: The prevalence of ECC was 55.38% and there was a strong association of ECC with some of the risk factors studied. Conclusion: The study emphasizes the need of dental health programs in preschool children. Increasing the awareness regarding maintaining good oral hygiene and encouraging the intake of healthy snacks in children can reduce ECC in concerned population.

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