Background: Dental caries is the most prevalent and chronic oral disease in children. The present study was conducted to determine dental caries status among patients ranged from 20- 60 years. Materials & Methods: The present study was conducted on 380subjects between 20-40 years of age of both genders. Careful oral examination was done to detect dental caries. Dental caries was recorded when a lesion in a pit or fissure or on smooth tooth surface had a detectable softened floor, undermined enamel or softened wall. Results: Age group 20-40 years had 84.5% males and 82.6% females and 40-60 years had 95% males and 92% females had dental caries. Subject parents were illiterate (males- 37%, females- 31%), upto high school education (males- 55%, females- 47%) and senior secondary education (males- 8%, females- 12%). The difference was significant (P<0.05). Parents were smokers (males- 54%, females- 22%) and non- smokers (males- 46%, females- 78%). Conclusion: Dental caries is highly prevalent in all age groups. Family education, income and smoking habit plays an important role.
Key words: Children, Dental caries, Smoking.