Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002942
Title: Reason for first dental visit among children - A cross-sectional study
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: The chief complaints of the patients are an essential component while taking the history and treatment planning. This could be useful for several reasons, including monitoring of oral health services and measuring the effectiveness of the oral health awareness program. Recording and identification of chief complaints are also considered the cornerstone for developing a logical treatment plan.The severity of the chief complaint reflects the urgency of the patient to seek dental care. Aim: The aim of the study was to investigate the most common chief complaints among children at first dental visit and the average age group at which they report for in their first dental visit. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out using the case records of randomly selected 100 children who reported to the postgraduate section of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai. The age groups of the children were divided into three categories: 4–8 years, 9–12 years, and 13–17 years. The various chief complaints were categorized as follows: Routine visit, deposits, missing or extra tooth, pain, dental caries, malocclusion, trauma, and missing tooth. The average age group and most common complaint at the first dental visit were assessed. Results: In this retrospective study, the maximum number of children who reported for their first dental visit was between 13 and 17 years (46%). Most common chief complaint for the visit was pain (47%) and the second common complaint being malocclusion (20%). Conclusion: Children report for the first dental visit most commonly only after 13 years and for complaints such as pain and malocclusion. Orientation to prevention is not considered, and preventive dentistry is yet to reach the common population in India

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    Mahesh Ramakrishnan*, Subha Dharsini

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    Department of Pedodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Mahesh Ramakrishnan, Department of Pedodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    Mahesh Ramakrishnan*, Subha Dharsini

    Title:Reason for first dental visit among children - A cross-sectional study
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (December [ Special Issue 4 ])
    Year:2018
    Page No: (3655-3659)
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Age Chief complaint Dental visit Pain

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