Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00004528
Title: Prevalence of dental caries among outpatients attending a dental college in Chennai
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: This study aims to assess the prevalence of dental caries among outpatients attending a dental college in Chennai. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 100 outpatients attending dental college. Caries prevalence was assessed using decayed, missing, and filled teeth index proposed by Henry Klein, Carrole E. Palmer, and Knutson J. W., in 1938. A questionnaire containing 15 questions was framed which includes oral hygiene practice, dietary habits to assess their oral health practices. Descriptive statistics were used. Results: In this study, a total of 100 people were screened. Out of them, 60 were female and 40 were male. Decayed, missing, and filled teeth (DMFT) score for females was found to be 5 and males were found to be 3. Nearly two-third of people practices oral hygiene habits such as brushing and rinsing of mouth after meal, whereas remaining were recommended to practice oral hygiene habits. Conclusion: Hence, DMFT score for female is comparatively higher than males. Oral hygiene practices among the study participants have to be improved. This study is helpful to analyze the respective role of different dietary factors including protein-rich diet, age, and gender on the prevalence of dental caries, which can be helpful to counteract the potential increase in the cases of dental caries and to design and plan preventive strategies for the persons at greatest risk.

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    I. Naziazareen1 , S. Gheena1 , L. Leelavathi 3 *

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

    2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: L. Leelavathi, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    I. Naziazareen1 , S. Gheena1 , L. Leelavathi 3 *

    Title:Prevalence of dental caries among outpatients attending a dental college in Chennai
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (December [ Special Issue 2])
    Year:2019
    Page No: (85-89)
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    Methodology:Brushing habits, Oral hygiene practice
    Research Materials:Dental caries

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Brushing habits Dental caries Oral hygiene practice

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