Table of Contents
ISRN Dentistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 391068, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/391068
Research Article

Prevalence of First Permanent Molar Caries in and Its Relationship to the Dental Knowledge of 9–12-Year Olds from Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

1Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Taibah University, P.O. Box 2898, Madinah Al Munawwarah 43353, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Taibah University, P.O. Box 2898, Madinah Al Munawwarah 43353, Saudi Arabia

Received 12 December 2011; Accepted 3 January 2012

Academic Editors: C. Lekic and D. Wray

Copyright © 2012 Khalid H. M. Al-Samadani and Mohammad Sami Ahmad. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The carious status of the first permanent molar (FPM) was studied in 432 school children (aged 9–12 years) from a randomly selected primary schools from Sharfia area of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The sample consisted of 108 children from each age group of 9, 10, 11, and 12 years old. In total, 24.5% had all of their FPMs sound and 6% had all FPMs carious. The prevalence of four sound FPMs varied according to age with the highest (33%) amongst the nine-year olds and the lowest (16.5%) in the oldest children (12 years). Almost one-third (32.5%) of the children, who knew the age of eruption of the FPMs, had all of their molars sound. The children who had received advice regarding oral hygiene from a dentist or parent had more sound FPMs compared to the children who did not receive any advice. The number of carious FPMs increased with age. The prevalence of caries of the FPM was high and increased with increasing age. The level of knowledge had a positive correlation with the caries levels amongst this cohort of scholars.