Treatment provided for patients at tile pedodontic clinic in Muhlmbili medical centre
This study analyses the distribution and frequencies of different types of services provided to the 4537 patients who atteded the pedodontic clinic at Muhimbili Medical Centre in a period of 6 months. Of all patients 54.8% were girls and mainly of age group 6-12 years (54.2%). Conservation was more among girls and of the higher age group, while extraction was more among boys and the lower age group. Periapical infections were more among the younger age groups. Extraction of exfoliating teeth and other treatment category had no sex difference but was predominant among the 6-12 years, and 13-25 years respectively. The younger ones were brought more for emergency treatment while the older ones came mainly for conservation. The clinic's function, is still very much emergency oriented and can be concluded that the community in Dar es Salaam does not receive the preventive and restorative services as should be.