Dental caries is the most prevalent oral disease in Chile. This fact requieres to develop efficient preventive programs directed to infantile population with the aim to keep healthy people through their lives. The objective of this research is to determine oral health conditions in children between 2 to 5 years 11months of age participants of a regular check up program called Healthy Child Control (HCC). 92 children of sexes male and female were examined. Dental exam seek to know presence of dental caries and number of tooth affected, using DMTF index. The sample was compound by 52.17% female, and 47.83% male individuals. 50% of patients had one or more dental caries in primary dentition. Was found from 1 to 14 tooth affected by caries. Mayor efforts are required in promotion and education in oral health, as well as increase resources to attend these patients to decrease impact of this oral disease. To accomplish this objective is necessary all health team cooperation
KEY WORDS: pediatric dentistry, dental care for children, preventive dentistry, health promotion, dental caries.
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OPORTO V. G. H.; BERTRÁN D. C. F.; SANTANA L. R. A; GAMBOA V. C. A.; HERNÁNDEZ V. S. D. & ALISTER H. J. P. Oral health conditions in preschool children during preventive dental check up. Int. J. Odontostomat., 2(2):137-141, 2008.