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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 59-62

Prevalence, and impact of oral pain in 10-12 year old school children of Davangere City, Karnataka

Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere - 577004, Karnataka, India

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Objective: The purpose of this study is to assess the prevalence, severity and impact of oral pain on quality of life of children and to correlate the oral pain with dental diseases. Material and Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted using stratified cluster sampling technique among 10 to 12 year old school children attending schools of Davangere city educational division. Total of 629 higher primary school children were interviewed using a structured, close ended questionnaire followed by oral examination. Results: In 629 children the prevalence of oral pain was 62% out of which, oral pain caused crying for 24.5%. The children complaining of pain in the previous six weeks was 34% (214). Among them the pain triggered while eating for 50.9%, stopped playing for 20.5% disturbed sleep for 28.5% and 16.8% of children did not attend the school. As caries experience increases from 0 to D 5 there is an increase in prevalence of pain from 16.2 to 80% which is statistically highly significant (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Within the limits of the study the prevalence of oral pain is a sizable problem and has a substantial impact on the quality of life of children. This information can be used to motivate parents and health care professionals to seek earlier and provide more regular dental care for children.

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