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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 22-30

A Study to Assess the Oral Health Status and Treatment Needs of Eunuchs in Chennai City

Dept of Community Dentistry, J.S.S.Dental College, Mysore., India

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Title: A Study to Assess the Oral Health Status and Treatment Needs of Eunuchs in Chennai city Objectives: To assess the oral health status and treatment needs of the eunuchs To suggest the measures to improve their existing oral health status MateriaJs and methods: Prior permission was obtained from AHEAD. [ARAVANIGAL HEALTH EMPOWERMENT AND DEVELOPMENT]. All the available 137 members were examined at the AHEAD Office with their consent. Through questionnaire information regarding demographic details, dietary habits, Oral hygiene practices, and personal habits was obtained. The oral health status was recorded on the WHO oral health assessment form 1997 (modified). The examination was carried out under natural light by using mouth mirrors, and CPI probe. Results: It was observed that 29.2% of the eunuchs had oral mucosal lesions. The prevalence of dental caries was 69.3% with the mean DMFT 2.95. 5.73% were with different stages of periodontal diseases and 16.8 %had loss of periodontal attachment. The treatment needs were 50.4% extraction, 37.3% prosthesis and 13.9% filling Conclusion: Significant observation was that 34.3 % of the Eunuchs were carriers of HIV infection and high gutka chewing habits (35 %) which might be the reasons for high prevalence of oral mucous lesions. Smoking and pan chewing habits were less 6.6%, 5.8% respectively. High prevalence of dental caries (69.3%) may be due to their high sweet consumption (83.2%)

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