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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 742-745

Comparison of oral health status between brass industry workers and non Industrial workers of Moradabad City


1 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Amit Tirth
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
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Introduction: Today metals are abundant in drinking water, air and soil. It is very difficult to avoid exposure to any of the harmful metals that are so prevalent in our environment where we are living or working. Methodology: It is a comparative study to evaluate the oral health between brass industry workers and non industrial workers belonging to similar socioeconomic strata of Moradabad city. A total of 500 workers from each group aged 30-50 with 5 years working experience were selected through random sampling. To compare the proportion chi-square test was used. Mean values were compared using students t-test. SPSS version 15.0 was used for statistical analyses. Results: It was seen that mean no. of decayed teeth in non-brass group (2.542.00) was significantly higher as compared to brass group (1.861.78). Among the non-brass workers bleeding sextant is most prevalent. Pockets more than 6mm are not prevalent among any of the age groups from brass and non-brass workers. Conclusion: The Oral health status of Brass Industry Workers was relatively poor with poor periodontal health when compared to General Population. Further studies of oral occupational disease should be conducted in order to check or confirm previous reports and to discover possible manifestations arising in new industries.


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