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Original scientific paper

Trends in Dental Caries in 12-Year Old Children in Croatia

Z. Rajić
D. Radionov
S. Rajić-Meštrović

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In this epidemiological study the caries status of 12-year-old children was compared
over time for the years 1968, 1973, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1991 and 1999. The mean number
of decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) decreased from 7.0 in 1968 to 2.6 in 1991.
From 1991 to 1999 and increase of DMFT 2.6 in 1991, to 3.5 in 1999) has been seen
which is result of war in Croatia and reorganisation of health care delivery system.
With the expected continuing decline in the prevalence and severity of oral diseases, one
of the main problems in the future seems to be the transition of the oral health care delivery
system from a disease-oriented system to a health-oriented one.


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