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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 13  |  Page : 6-11

Utilization of Dental Services among Dharwad (Karnataka, India) City Population


1 Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's Dental Academy (PDA), Bhanpur, Bhopal State: Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, S.D.M. College of Dental Sciences, Dhavalanagar Sattur, Dharwad, India

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Objectives 1. To describe the dental service utilization patterns among Dharwad city population.. 2. To analyze the influence of selected socio-demographic variables on the utilization. Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Dharwad city during September - October 2004 by involving a sample of 300 study subjects picked up from 10 randomly selected wards. Data on utilization was collected with the help of structured Questionnaires & Face interviews. Information was collected on selected Socio-demographic variables & attitudes of the subjects towards the utilization of dental services. Results: 64% of study population and utilized the dental services. Toothache (46%) was the main reason for utilizing the dental services. Conclusion: Utilization of dental services is considerably high among Dharwad city population. Individuals with higher level of education are utilizing the dental services better than others. Age, sex and occupation did not had significant influence on the utilization.


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