Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P'Col-00005236
Title: Oral health status, dental awareness, and dental services utilization barriers among transgender population in Chennai
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Background: Transgender (TG) community is one of the most underprivileged communities in India. Their accessibility to dental facilities is very scarce. Thus, they are more vulnerable to severe dental problems such as dental decay and tooth loss. Aim: The present cross-sectional study aimed to evaluate (1) the status of oral health, (2) the knowledge on oral health, and (3) the dental utilization barriers among the TG residing in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Materials and Methods: Dental decay, filled teeth, missing teeth, etc., were assessed on clinical examination among 72 TG and a self-evaluated questionnaire was also distributed. Data obtained were analyzed using SPSS IBM software. Results: The overall oral health was perceived to be very poor, with more than half suffering from untreated dental caries. The mean values and standard deviations, respectively, of decayed, missing, filled components were 1.89 and 1.773, 0.83 and 2.664, and 0.15 and 0.522, respectively. Over 30% of the population believed that a painful tooth was the reason one must visit the dentist. Over 60% of the participants had not visited the dentist at all. The reason major reason being, 15.7% felt the treatment being too expensive, 22.9% were scared of the dentist. Over 77.1% agreed that there were no dental awareness camps held in the past, while 54.3% still felt neglected to avail oral health care. The majority of 91.4% strongly request the government to frame dental health schemes. Conclusion: There has to be an immediate intervention of the dental institutions and the government bodies to raise the oral health quality among the TG community.

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    R. Bharath Marlecha1 *, A. Vinita Mary1 , R. Kesavan1 , Pradeep Christopher2 , K. B. Nagavalli 1 , Helna Salam1

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    1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospitals, Dr. M.G.R Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospitals, Dr. M.G.R Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. R. Bharath Marlecha, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospitals, Dr. M.G.R Educational and Research Institute, Golden George Nagar, Mogappair, Chennai - 600 107, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    R. Bharath Marlecha1 *, A. Vinita Mary1 , R. Kesavan1 , Pradeep Christopher2 , K. B. Nagavalli 1 , Helna Salam1

    Title:Oral health status, dental awareness, and dental services utilization barriers among transgender population in Chennai
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):14 (July)
    Year:2020
    Page No: (1143-1148)
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    Methodology:Oral health status, dental awareness, and dental services
    Research Materials:Dental caries

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Dental caries Dental service Dental visit Oral health awareness Oral hygiene Transgender

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