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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 52-55

Prevalence of Tooth Loss in the Young Population Attending the out Patient Department of Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Dental and Medical Sciences, Lucknow - A Hospital Based Pilot Study


Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Dental & Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India

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Background: Tooth loss in young population is a cause of concern in our society. Their have been relatively few investigations to know the prevalence of tooth loss in this population in Lucknow city. Objective: To know the severity of tooth loss in young population so as to provide base line data for developing oral health programmes to reduce tooth mortality in young population. Methods: A cross sectional study was done for a period of 3 months on individuals aged 14-29 years, reporting to the OPD of SPPGIDMS, Lucknow. A specially designed questionnaire was used to collect information about demographic, socioeconomic and oral health related data. This was followed by clinical examination to record DMFf and CPI Loss of Attachment indices. Results: A mean tooth loss of 0.40 0.633 was observed. The total study population was of 189 subjects, out of which 60 individuals (31.7%) showed tooth loss, amongst which 68.33% were females, 31.67% were unskilled labourers' and 80% resided in rural areas. Amongst those with missing teeth 81.67% got their tooth extracted because of decay and 36.67% consented that they lost their tooth because of ignorance. Out of all the missing teeth 84% were first molars. Conclusion: Tooth loss is a major dental health concern in the young population in Lucknow city which might be increasing because of adverse personal habits and ignorance towards dental health. To improve the situation sustained efforts to promote new initiatives in prevention on a population scale must be made.


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