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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 13-17

Oral Health Status and Treatment Needs of Asthmatic Children

Department of Community Dentistry, JSS Dental College and Hospital, SS Nagar, Mysore - 15, India

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Objective: To assess the oral health status and treatment needs of asthmatic children and to suggest suitable measures to improve their existing oral health. Methodology: The study was a convenience sample consisting of children attending the out patient department of Cheluvamba Hospital, Mysore, who were previously diagnosed as bronchial astlunatic and were aged between 6 and 12 years. Age and sex matched control group was selected from a government school who were free of chronic systemic diseases. History of astluna, type of medication used, astluna related history such as mouth breathing, and oral hygiene practices, sweet consumption and history of dental visit were recorded using a questionnaire. Results: The study group consisted of 63 children with 29 males and 34 females. The control group consisted of 63 children with 27 males and 36 females. Mean dmft in asthmatic children was 3.68 ± 2.67 whereas it was 0.92 ± 0.92 (p < 0.000) in controls. Mean gingival index score in asthmatic children was 1.1 ± 0.39 whereas it was 0.63 ± 0.32 (p < .000) in controls. Conclusion: Present study shows higher prevalence of dental caries and gingivitis in asthmatic children when compared to healthy controls.

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