Introduction:Dental caries is the most common oral diseases that Filipinos are currently facing nowadays. In the Philippines, oral disease continues to be a serious public health problem. This study aims to determine the existence of dental caries from the school year 2012-2013 (first semester and second semester). As researchers we want to know the prevalence rate of dental caries in SY 2013-2013 by means of documentation the patients in Our Lady of Fatima University Dental Wellness Center using General Patient Assessment Form.
Methods: The researchers used a quantitative, non- experimental and cross-sectional method. Quantitative method was conducted to determine the demography profile of the respondents in terms of age, gender and educational attainments which having the dental caries.Non-experimental method was researched to know the prevalence rate of dental caries for school year 2012-2013 at the Our Lady of Fatima University Dental Wellness center.Cross-sectional method was to observe the difference between the prevalence rate of dental caries that of the first semester and second semester of the school year 2012-2013.
Results: Revealed (n=56),are female, Roman Catholic and 17 -21 years old. With 7.23 and 7.67 respectively as to there mean prevalence rate of dental caries for the school year 2012-2013. Furthermore, there is no significant difference between the prevalence rates of dental caries in the first semester to that of the second semester.
Conclusion and Recommendation: This study will give vast knowledge and idea in determine the prevalence rate of dental caries among different age group. It will be very helpful for the dentist to inform and educate the patient on the characteristics of caries in detailed way. To the patients, this will serves as an alarm or aware for the patients to be more conscious on their oral health conditions
A descriptive study that aims to assess the presence of dental caries among patients of OLFU Dental Wellness Center.
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