Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003567
Title: Knowledge, awareness, and practice on dental caries among tuberculosis patients
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Tuberculosis is an unending granulomatous illness caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is transmitted principally through the respiratory tract through inhalation of airborne beads containing the bacillus. Tuberculosis patients are treated regularly by dental clinicians for carious lesions. However, the number of individuals seeking dental treatment appears to be very low. Aim: This study aims to evaluate the awareness of dental caries in tuberculosis patients. Materials and Methods: The present study was conducted in Chennai among randomly selected patients suffering from tuberculosis using a questionnaire. The question was related to knowledge and awareness of dental caries. A total of 20 closed- ended questions were included in the study. Results: It was found that the tuberculosis patients knew that oral hygiene was important to general health (67%) but was unable to follow optimal oral hygiene practices (toothbrushing – 21% and rinsing between meals – 17%). The reason for such poor maintenance and practice could be due to low education levels, low levels of awareness of oral hygiene practices, low economic status of the participants, and the presence of a more severe condition in tuberculosis. Conclusion: There was a general lack of knowledge on methods of oral health maintenance even though the participants acknowledged that oral health was vital to general well-being. Routine dental camps should be conducted with clinicians demonstrating oral hygiene practices and performing checkups.

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    Westeous Dominic Pereira, Dhanraj Ganapathy*, R. M. Visalakshi

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

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Dhanraj Ganapathy, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    Westeous Dominic Pereira, Dhanraj Ganapathy*, R. M. Visalakshi

    Title:Knowledge, awareness, and practice on dental caries among tuberculosis patients
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (May)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (1100-1104)
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    Methodology:Decay, Dental caries, Oral hygiene, Survey, Tuberculosis
    Research Materials:Tuberculosis patients

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Decay Dental caries Oral hygiene Survey Tuberculosis

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