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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 16  |  Page : 221-227

Oral Health Status and Treatment Needs of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Drivers and Employees in Mysore Division


1 Reader, Dept of Preventive & Community Dentistry, Syamalll Reddy Dental College, Hospital & Research Centre, Bengaluru, India
2 Professor & Head of Department, Dept of Preventive & Community Dentistry, J.S.S.Dental College, Mysore, India

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Objectives: l. To assess the oral health status and treatment needs of drivers and other employees working in KSRTC of Mysore Division. 2. To suggest measures to improve their existing oral health status. Materials and Methods: Prior permission was obtained from the Divisional Manager, KSRTC, Mysore Division. The study was conducted in 6 depots of rural division and 4 depots of urban division among 4 groups of employees namely drivers, conductors, workshop mechanics, and administrative staff. All the available 1434 members were examined 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: The prevalence of dental caries was (45.7%) among the drivers as compared to the other employees (37.2%) in the present study. The prevalence of periodontal disease was higher among the drivers (72.3%) than the other employees (61.6%). 38.5% of the drivers needed restorations whereas 42.1% conductors, 46.4% mechanics and 42.7% office staff needed restorations. The percentage of drivers needing extractions was 85.7% as compared to the other employees (76.9% conducters, 82.5% mechanics and 79% of the office staff). Conclusion: 1. The prevalence of dental caries was higher (45.7%) among the drivers than the other employees (37.2%) in the present study. The difference may be due to a higher amount of sweet consumption (47.9%) and poor oral hygiene practices (80.3%) among drivers as compared to the other employees (25% and 73.2%). 2. In the current study the prevalence of periodontal disease was higher among the drivers (72.3%) than the other employees (61.6%). This difference is due to a higher percentage of smokers among the drivers (44.7%) than the other employees (23.6%).


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