Aims and Objectives: To determine the severity of dental caries according to the behavior of drinking traditional Tuak legen/palm wine. Materials and Methods: A descriptive study with cross-sectional design was conducted in a population of Gedongombo villagers with the habit of consuming traditional Tuak legen/palm wine for at least 1 year. The participants in this study were men aged 20-60 years comprising 50 participants. Variables observed in this study were dental caries and the habit of consuming palm wine. Caries level was measured using the decayed-missing-filled teeth (DMF-T) index. The data regarding palm wine consumption habits were obtained from self-Administered questionnaire filled by the respondents. Chi-square test was carried out using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) 17.0 software to analyze the data. Results: Respondents who have the habit of consuming palm wine with the frequency 2-3 times a week have higher DMF-T score (7.45) compared to respondents who consumed palm wine only once a week (5.0). We also found that respondents who consumed palm wine by slowly drinking had a higher DMF-T score (7.27) compared with respondents who consumed Tuak legen straightened up at once (5.75). Conclusion: Respondents with the habit of consuming traditional palm wine have higher DMF-T score.
- Decayed-Missing-Filled Teeth
- Drinking Habit of Palm Wine