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Measurement of dental diseases

Here you find description of some methods and indices used in oral health epidemiological surveys - for example 'Pathfinder survey', DMFT-calculations and more. Recording forms are also available.

oral health basic surveys

The WHO manual “Oral Health Surveys – Basic Methods”  provides WHO recommended standardized reporting system when conducting national oral health surveys, enabling inter- and intra-country comparisons of oral health status.

The full download of WHO Oral Health Surveys, 5th ed, 2013.

See below for extracts from WHO Oral Health Surveys, 4th ed, 1997 and 3rd ed, 1987.

Measurement of dental diseases

Dentition status
Tooth status
Caries Prevalence DMFT/DMFS
Significant Caries Index (SiC)
Dental fluorosis
Pathfinder survey

Last updated by Marie Nordström