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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 257-260

A study to assess the dental caries status and treatment needs of sportspersons in Mysore City


1 Assistant Professor, Dept. Public Health Dentistry, Govt. Dental College and Research Institute, Bellary, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, JSS Dental College and Hospital, S.S Nagar, Mysore, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhubaneshwar, India

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K Poornima
Assistant Professor, Dept. Public Health Dentistry, Govt. Dental College and Research Institute, Bellary
India
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Objectives: To assess the dental caries status and treatment needs of sportspersons in Mysore city and to suggest suitable measures to improve their existing oral health status. Methodology: A total of 549 sportsmen who were active in sports and the same number of individuals with same age and sex selected randomly from the respective schools and colleges of the sportsmen, who are not active in sports, were examined. Information regarding age, sex, education, visit to dentist, oral hygiene practices, dietary habits and sport activities were collected using a predesigned structured questionnaire. Data regarding dental caries and treatment needs was recorded using WHO Performa 1997 modified. Results: The mean DMFT of sportspersons was found to be 1.641.35 when compared to non-sportsmen 1.031.12 and it was found to be statistically significant. Conclusion: The sportsmen had more number of DMFT which may be associated with high consumption of sweets and soft drinks.


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