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Table 3 Investigating the prevalence of dental caries in primary and permanent teeth in children in different continents

From: Dental caries in primary and permanent teeth in children’s worldwide, 1995 to 2019: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Tooth type continents Number of articles Sample Size I2 Egger Test Prevalence %
Caries in primary teeth Asia 50 54,680 99.3 0.756 52.6 (95% CI: 46.7–58.5)
Europe 10 9977 98.4 0.152 21.4 (95% CI: 15.3–29.1)
America 14 6825 98.7 0.742 45.8 (95% CI: 34.2–58)
Africa 5 3004 95.5 0.220 53.1 (95% CI: 44.3–61.7)
Australia 3 6472 98.3 0.296 28.5 (95% CI: 20.3–38.5)
Permanent dental caries Asia 50 1,334,133 99.8 0.284 58.8 (95% CI: 53.4–64)
Europe 22 115,141 99.8 0.175 44.1 (95% CI: 36.1–52.5)
America 7 5009 98.2 0.763 48.9 (95% CI: 37.6–60.3)
Africa 5 2794 99.3 0.220 58.9 (95% CI: 29.4–83.1)
Australia 1 612 54.9 (95% CI: 50.9–58.8)