Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003301
Title: Caries status among fishing community in Chennai – A survey
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices on oral hygiene status, dietary habits, and caries among fishing community in Kokilamedu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, and also to assess the presence of caries among fishermen. Materials and Methods: A dental camp was organized at Kokilamedu village (near Mahabalipuram). A thorough examination of oral cavity was done and the caries status was assessed using decayed, filled, and missing tooth index. Furthermore, a survey was conducted to assess their knowledge on oral care, dietary, and lifestyle habits and to check whether they are in any way associated with their caries status. Results: Among the 65 participants examined (40 males and 25 females), 44 participants (67.69%) were diagnosed with caries. The prevalence of dental caries was more among the subjects belonging to age groups 21–40 years and below 20 years. Their main source of diet was found to be seafood and meat. 65% of the study population were found to crave for sweets and consumed more sweets. Not even a single person, in the study population, had the knowledge about fluoride and its role in preventing caries. Conclusion: From this study, it has been found that there is a high prevalence of caries among the fishing community and this can be correlated with their diet, which mainly includes seafood and sweets. Awareness has to be created about fluoride and its role in preventing caries.

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    T. Pranati 1 , M. Dhanraj Ganapathy2 *, Marian Anand Bennis2 , R. Pradeep Kumar3

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    1Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: M. Dhanraj Ganapathy, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai – 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    T. Pranati 1 , M. Dhanraj Ganapathy2 *, Marian Anand Bennis2 , R. Pradeep Kumar3

    Title:Caries status among fishing community in Chennai – A survey
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (March)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (545-549)
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    Methodology:KAP on caries, Oral health,A survey
    Research Materials:fishermen, Fishing community,

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Caries among fishermen Caries status Caries fishermen Fishing community KAP on caries Oral health

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