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ISSN Print: 2394-7489, ISSN Online: 2394-7497
ICV 2018: 74.52

International Journal of Applied Dental Sciences

2019, Vol. 5 Issue 3, Part D

A cross-sectional study on oral hygiene status among rural population

AUTHOR(S): Dr. K Premnath, Dr. Bharti Wasan, Dr. Dani Mihir Tusharbhai, Dr. Nabeel Althaf MS, Dr. Siddhartha Bhowmick, Dr. Rahul Vinay Chandra Tiwari and Dr. Heena Tiwari
ABSTRACT:Background: The oral health is an integral part of the general health and also the well being of an individual. Gingival diseases, periodontal diseases, dental caries and oral mucosal diseases constitute the major oral health problems in the developing countries. It is of prime importance to practice healthy oral habits. Awareness and education of a good oral health among rural population is considered to be an essential prerequisite for improving the oral health in a community.
Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the oral health status among population in rural areas.
Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted in 26 rural places which comprised of almost 2363 subjects from 2017-2019. Data was collected and was analyzed by descriptive statistics.
Results: Out of 2363 population, 40.5% were males and 55.7% were females. The data suggested approximately 58% of the population were having poor oral hygiene among which 27.5% were having gingivitis, almost 17% had dental caries and approximately 13% had dental fluorosis.
Conclusions: In the present cross sectional study, the oral hygiene of rural population was assessed and it is concluded that oral health programmes can be organized at the rural level in order to evaluate the oral health status of the population and to determine the need for the dental education in the rural areas.
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How to cite this article:
Dr. K Premnath, Dr. Bharti Wasan, Dr. Dani Mihir Tusharbhai, Dr. Nabeel Althaf MS, Dr. Siddhartha Bhowmick, Dr. Rahul Vinay Chandra Tiwari and Dr. Heena Tiwari. A cross-sectional study on oral hygiene status among rural population. International Journal of Applied Dental Sciences. 2019; 5(3): 229-233.
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