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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 12-15

Oral hygiene and dental caries status among the residents of observation homes, Vadodara District, Gujarat


1 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Waghodia, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Waghodia, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
3 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Waghodia, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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C G Ajithkrishnan
Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Waghodia, Vadodara, Gujarat
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Background: There have been relatively few investigations of oral conditions of deprived children. Studies have noted that deprived children have higher level of caries and lower level of care. Objective: To assess the dental caries and oral hygiene status among the residents of observation home. To provide baseline data for developing dental health programmes to be implemented in future course. Method: A cross sectional survey was conducted on a sample of 86 residents of observation home. Specially designed proforma was used to collect the data about oral hygiene and Dental caries by using OHI-S and DMFT index, Results: 49.54% participants had decayed tooth and none of the subjects had filled teeth. Oral hygiene was found to be good. Conclusion: Results of the study are quite alarming. Immediate intervention is recommended for this group of children. Efforts must be made to encourage the authorities of observation home to promote and improve their oral health.


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