Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00004550
Title: To study the difference in the maintenance of oral hygiene between the left and right side of the oral cavity among left- and right-handed individuals
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Most of the diseases of the oral cavity are a result of poor oral hygiene. Oral hygiene is usually linked with activities of manual dexterity mainly brushing habits, efficiency, technique, etc., when compared to other prophylactic measures. Brushing efficiency is directly related to the manual dexterity of the individual. Hence, the aim of this study is to analyze the difference in the maintenance of oral hygiene between the left and right side of the oral cavity and predict whether the patient is left or right handed. Materials and Methods: The entire study was conducted at Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha University. Thirty left and right handers each were chosen randomly. Handedness was determined using the Edinburgh Handedness scale. All the required values to evaluate the oral hygiene status of the individuals were recorded during intraoral examination. Results: The mean oral hygiene index (OHI) values for right-handed individuals on the right side of their oral cavity were 1.53, and on the left side were 1.37 and the mean OHI for left-handed individuals in the right side was 1.01 and on the left side was 1.25. The difference was not statistically significant (P > 0.05). From our study, it can be concluded that handedness of an individual affects their oral hygiene. However, the values are not statistically significant; clinically, it was very well significant. This may be a result of small sample size. Conclusion: From our study, it can be concluded that handedness of an individual affects their oral hygiene. However, the values are not statistically significant. This may be a result of small sample size. Hence, a larger study population will help in enabling us to find out if left handed individuals brush their left side or their right side better and vice versa.

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    Sangeetha Shankar1 *, Y. Mogit Gupta2

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    1 Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Sangeetha Shankar, Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Sangeetha Shankar1 *, Y. Mogit Gupta2

    Title:To study the difference in the maintenance of oral hygiene between the left and right side of the oral cavity among left- and right-handed individuals
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (December [ Special Issue 2])
    Year:2019
    Page No: (189-193)
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    Methodology:difference in the maintenance of oral hygiene
    Research Materials:Brushing

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Brushing Left and right handers Oral hygiene index Oral hygiene Plaque

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