Our study aimed to determine the prevalence of early loss of first permanent molar tooth among students of Gulf Medical University. In addition to that, our study aimed also to define the causes of loss of 1st molar.
A cross-sectional questionnaire study was carried out among 257 students in GMU. Data was coded and entered into SPSS software. Descriptive statistics were used to determine the prevalence and the early loss of first permanent tooth.
The questioner was completed for 257 subjects. Our study showed that 34.2% (n= 88) missed at least one of their permanent teeth and 57.9 % (n=51) missed one of their permanent first molar tooth. Permanent tooth loss has been attributed predominately to dental decay (31.1%) and fracture (25.6%).
Our study emphasized that the prevalence of tooth loss especially permanent first molar among students of GMU was relatively high in young adults and its identification provided essential data which might be used to assess the state of dental health and form a baseline for planning future dental care programs.