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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 660-662

Determination of the correlation in the hygiene of hard and soft tissues of the mouth - A pilot study


1 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, J.S.S Dental College and Hospital, Mysore, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bengaluru, India
3 Reader, Dept. of Oral Medicine and Radiology, RVS Dental College, Coimbatore, Chennai, India

Correspondence Address:
R Sushma
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, J.S.S Dental College and Hospital, Mysore
India
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Purpose: To determine correlation in the hygiene of hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Materials and methods: A cross sectional study was conducted on 100 subjects (patients and accompanying person) attending out patient department at oxford dental college aged above 12 years. Details regarding oral hygiene practices and hygiene of hard tissues were recorded using the oral hygiene index (John.C.Greene and Jack.R.Vermillion) and hygiene of soft tissues was recorded using the tongue coating index (Winkel 2003) and the use of disclosing agent (Methylene blue) for other parts of soft tissues in a specially designed Proforma. The results were subjected to statistical analysis using the Pearson correlation test. Results: The results showed that the correlation between the OHI and STI was found to be moderate (0.487), where as the correlation between OHI and TCI was found to be weak (0.327) and correlation between TCI and STI were found to be negligible (0.196). Conclusion: In this study a positive correlation (moderate) was found between the oral hygiene index and the soft tissue index, hence the oral hygiene index reflects the hygiene of hard and soft tissues of the mouth. It is recommended that Oral hygiene regimen should include the maintenance of the hygiene in relation to the tongue and soft tissues


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