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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 32-35

Prevalence of deciduous tooth wear in 5-10 year old school children in Lucknow and its relationship with potential explanatory factors - A cross sectional study


1 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Dental and Medical Sciences, Uthrathia, Lucknow, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Dental and Medical Sciences, Uthrathia, Lucknow, India
3 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Dental and Medical Sciences, Uthrathia, Lucknow, India

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Sahana Shivkumar
Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Dental and Medical Sciences, Uthrathia, Lucknow
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Aim: To evaluate the prevalence of deciduous tooth wear in 5-10 year old school children in Lucknow and its relationship with potential explanatory factors. Materials and Methods: A random sample of 210 children (5-10 years old) of Lucknow city was selected. Clinical examinations were carried out by one examiner, using Tooth Wear Index of Smith & Knight, 1984. A questionnaire addressing the etiological factors of tooth wear was applied to parents. Results: Wear on the Cuspids was diagnosed in 52% of the children; 34% presented wear in Molars and 14% in Incisors. A significant correlation was observed between consumption of beverages and occurrence of Tooth Wear (Chi-square test, p = 0.018). Conclusion: Tooth Wear was found in 81% of children. Wear on Enamel was highest, followed by Dentine, which was significant in children having carbonated drinks, children using hard bristled toothbrush and children exhibiting nail biting habit.


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