2Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Background: Despite the availability of a variety of preventive and treatment modalities, caries in the early childhood remains a serious and prevalent disease worldwide.
The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of early childhood caries (ECC) among 24 to 71-month old children who attended the Center for preschool education Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Material and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study. The whole sample included 297 children of both genders. Caries status of each child was recorded using the dmft index according to the WHO criteria.
Results: Two hundred ninety-seven children (138 girls and 159 boys) 24 to 71-month old were examined. The overall prevalence of dental caries was 64.65%. Only 23 (7.74%) children had their teeth restored.
Conclusions: ECC prevalence among 24 to 71-month old children who attended the Center for pre-school education in Banja Luka is very high, but the problem is even greater because most of those caries lesions are untreated.
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Citation Information: Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine. Volume 20, Issue 3, Pages 168–171, ISSN (Online) 2335-0245, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bjdm-2016-0027, November 2016