In 1987, 1995 and 2003 dental surveys were carried out in the Gdansk region of Poland investigating the prevalence of
dental caries in 12-year-old school children.
Sampling and examination were performed according to
WHO standards. A sample of 180 children in each year were selected from different living environments: a large city, a small town and a
The caries prevalence (ratio of caries-free children) and caries experience (mean DMFT scores) changed
significantly in some groups in the period from 1987-2003. However, there was no change in caries experience in children living in a
large city. The average DMFT score of all 12-year-olds dropped from 4.07 in 1987 to 3.20 in 2003.
improvement of dental health may be explained by the oral health education and increased availability of fluoridated
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