Caries experience of the first permanent molars among a group of children attending Pedodontics' Clinic College of Dentistry


Background: First permanent molars are very important teeth and they have the highest caries attack rate among
the permanent dentition. This study was designed to investigate the mortality and severity of caries as well as
treatment needs in the first permanent molars.
Materials and methods: The sample composed of 92 children aged 6-12 years old. Caries experience and treatment
needs were measured by using dental mirror and sickle shape probe.
Results: 14. 1% of children were caries free. DMFT and DMFS were increased with age. DT was the major part of DMFT.
About 47% of the total sample needed one surface restoration.
Conclusion: First permanent molars have a high caries experience and more care should be given to conserve them
by fissure sealing or by prompt treatment of early lesions.
Keyword: Caries, permanent first molars, children. (J Bagh Coll Dentistry 2011;23(3): 117-119).