Dental Caries at the United States Naval Academy (1971 Survey). 1. Prevalence, Incidence and Comparative Analyses
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Two classes of the United States Naval Academy were surveyed with regard to their dental caries status. The data were in the form of treatment needs, teeth and teeth surface involvement, and x-ray discernible caries. Comparisons were made between the classes, within the classes at different times of Academy life, between the combined classes and a similar group prior to the Navy-wide preventive dentistry program, and between the classes and other present day naval populations. A 50 reduction in dental caries experience from the preventive dentistry Academy population was demonstrated. Evidence is presented to indicate that the present Academy regimen results in lowered decay experience as the Academy years progress. The overall level of initial caries experience and of caries incidence in the Academy population appears to be less than in any other naval population used for comparison. It is conluded that the present Navy-wide preventive dentistry program warrants continued emphasis.
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