Utilization of dental services among 10-18 year old boys in Lahore
Keywords:Teenage students, oral health, dental services, dental visit
Background & Objectives: Timely detection and treatment is a paramount factor towards controlling the incidence and spread of oral diseases in any given population. Pakistani population suffers from a serious lack of awareness regarding the importance of routine dental checkups, especially amongst teenagers. The aim of this study was to assess the use of dental services by 10 to 18 year old boys.
Methods: The present study presents data regarding the use of dental services by male students between the ages of 10-18, attending Garrison public schools located in the Cantonment area of Lahore, Pakistan.
Results: The use of dental services was divided into four subcategories (0-6 months, 7-12 months, once in 2 years and never went to the dentist). The total number of students were 3,799 and the average age for the sample was 12.26 = 1.73 years. The study shows that only 9.3% (354) students went to the dentist in past six months. It is also evident from the study that 71% (2,697) students never visited the dentist.
Conclusion: Fear and constant hesitation from seeking timely dental care eventually results in development of serious oral and dental health issues. This fact calls for introduction of educational programs bringing forth a change in mind set and alleviating the fear of dental care from young minds to ensure adequate oral and dental health amongst young population.
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