Prevalence and Pattern of Early Ehildhood caries among 3-5 year olds in Kiambaa, Kenya
Njoroge, N. W.
Kemoli Arthur M.
Gathece Loice W
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ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and pattern of early childhood caries among three to five year olds. DESIGN: This was a descriptive, cross-sectional study. SUBJECTS: A total of 336 children aged 3-5 years. SETTING: Pre-schools in Kiambaa division, Kiambu District, Kenya. RESULTS: Slightly over a half, 201 (59.5%) had dental caries. The mean decayed, missing and filled teeth (dmft) was 2.46 +/- 2:3.2 with the greatest component (95%) being decayed teeth. The mandibular deciduous molars and the maxillary incisors were the most frequently carious teeth. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of early childhood tumours in Kiambaa was 59.5%. The mandibular deciduous molars and maxillary incisors had the highest caries frequency.