Background: Oral health is an important component of general health, with dental caries affecting a personís ability to eat, speak or socialize. The present study was conducted to determine pattern of dental caries in school children age ranged 5-16 years. Materials & Methods: The present study was conducted on 340 school children age ranged 5- 16 years of both genders. DMFT score was calculated and recorded in all children. Results: Age group 5-8 years had 40 boys and 50 girls, 9-11 years had 60 boys and 40 girls, 12-16 years had 80 boys and 70 girls. The mean decayed score in boys was 0.98 and in girls was 0.82, missing score was 0.36 in boys and 0.51 in girls, filled score was 0.07 in boys and 0.06 in girls. DMFT score in boys was 1.2 and in girls was 1.3. The difference was significant in filled teeth (P< 0.05). Conclusion: Dental caries is common bacterial disease in school children. In males, mean DMFT score was 1.2 and in females was 1.3.
Key words: Children, DMFT, Pattern.