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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 15  |  Page : 49-52

Prevalence and Impact of Dental pain on Quality of life among 12 year old School Children of Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh - A Pilot Study

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Aim: To assess the prevalence and impact of dental pain on quality of life among 12 year old school children of Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. Introduction: Dental pain is a common outcome of untreated dental diseases. However, despite the high prevalence of untreated dental caries, there is surprisingly little research on the prevalence and severity of dental pain in children. The traditional normative approach using clinical measures alone to assess oral health and oral health needs has serious inadequacies in understanding the reason for not seeking oral health care which influences on quality of life. Only a few attempts have been made to determine the prevalence of dental pain and its impact on children and these studies have been mainly confined to child populations from developed countries. This study assessed the prevalence of dental pain and impact on daily life activities. Material and Methods: A cross sectional study was undertaken to assess the prevalence and impact of the dental pain among 12 year old school children from two randomly selected schools one from urban and one from rural areas of Nellore District. Pain and its impact on daily life activities were assessed using a self administered questionnaire prepared in English and Regional language. The statistical analyses were carried out using SPSS version 14. Results: A total of 148 children participated in the survey, of which 65% were boys and 35% were girls. 34% visited dentist because of their pain. Conclusion: Approximately 50% of the surveyed children suffered from pain in past one month, 66% experienced difficulty while eating/drinking and 76% experienced difficulty in maintaining their oral hygiene. 34% visited dentist due to their dental pain.

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