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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 1-3

Oral health status and treatment needs amongst prison inmates of Nellore District in Andhra Pradesh


1 P.G. Student, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, A.P, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, A.P, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, A.P, India
4 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, A.P, India

Correspondence Address:
Muni Kumar Sode
P.G. Student, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, A.P
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Aim: To assess the oral health status and treatment needs with special emphasis to oral mucosal lesions and wasting diseases among prison inmates of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh. Methods: Data regarding oral health status was recorded on a WHO oral health assessment form 1997 using mouth mirror and CPI probe. WHO criteria for recording oral mucosal lesions were included in the form and wasting diseases were recorded using Smith & Knight index. Results: The inmates were suffering from periodontal disease with a Mean Number of Sextants for bleeding 1.3 ± 0.06, calculus 1.1 ± 0.7. Leukoplakia was found to be prevalent among 2.2% and Erythroplakia in 3.3% of study population. Wasting disease especially attrition was highly prevalent in the study population. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that the standard of past oral health care for prison inmates is low. There is a need to be more attentive to oral health promotion as eventually respondents will be returning to the community.


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