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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-22

Prevalence of dental caries among Indian tribal population – A systematic review

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Anusha Raghavan
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, 2/102, East Coast Road, Uthandi, Chennai - 600 119, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijohs.ijohs_32_20

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The aim of this systematic review was to assess the burden of dental caries among various tribal populations in India. Relevant studies were included from the period of January 2000 to March 2020. A detailed search strategy was developed for MEDLINE through the use of MeSH terms and was revised for Google Scholar, EBSCO, Cochrane, and TRIP databases. The search generated a total of 1444 articles of which only 14 articles were included in this review. Among the 76 Indian tribes present only, 11 were reported in the review. On the whole, our systematic review showed that there are a high level of heterogeneity and a moderate level of bias in all the studies included. Adequate representation of the tribal population through zone-wise assessment of a particular tribe is recommended in establishing the validity of the results.

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