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Individuals with end stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring dialysis pose significant dental management dilemma and display oral manifestations with specific implications for oral health care. This study was conducted to assess the oral health status and treatment needs of patients on renal dialysis in NU Trust Hospital, Bangalore. A total of 120 patients with a mean age of 49 15.47 years were compared with a control group. The mean DMFT in the dialysis group was 2.4 4.3 compared to 4.5 4.1 of the control group. None of the individuals displayed healthy periodontium. There were no statistically significant
differences in PLI and GI among the groups. This study shows that poor oral health in this population should be evaluated and the dialysis team should reinforce daily oral health maintenance.