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Table 6 Percentage distribution of care needed, the mean number of teeth needing care and the type of care needed for the treatment of dental caries per age group in South Africa expressed as the mean number of teeth needing care

From: Evidence to support a food-based dietary guideline on sugar consumption in South Africa

Age groups % Needing care Mean number of teeth Preventive Restorations Crown + Veneer Pulp care Extractions
4-5* 45.6 2.1 0.5 0.9 0 0 0.6
6 59.1 3.0 1.0 1.0 0 0 0.9
12 45.3 2.6 1.8 0.6 0 0 0.2
15 49.9 2.9 1.5 1.0 0 0 0.2
35-44**   3.5      
  1. Source: adapted from van Wyk & van Wyk, 2004* [3];
  2. *Primary teeth; **1988/89.