Prevalence of dental caries, dental health attitude and behaviour in Humaidat village, Ninevah, at the entry of 21st century


Aims: To evaluate the prevalence of dental caries in Humaidat village (which is located at Tigris riverabout 25 Km to the Northern West from Mosul City), to determine the level of dental health attitudeand behaviors and to compare the results with the previous study that carried out in the same villagebefore 10 years. Materials and Methods: The size of the sample was 213 individuals, 105 males and108 females. Their ages were ranged between 10–60 years. Clinical dental examination was carried outusing decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) index for the permanent teeth. Questionnaires wereused to assess the level of dental health attitude and behaviours among the individuals. Results: Mostof the individuals have poor awareness about their oral health. They were not used to brush their teethregularly; they eat large amount of sweets at different times of the day and a large percent of them hadno willingness to seek for dental treatment. Clinical dental examination indicated the high cariesprevalence among the individuals, which increased by increasing age, and most of the cases weretreated by extraction. Conclusion: The oral and dental health status in the rural areas is far from goodand needs to be reevaluated.