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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 19  |  Page : 7-18

Prevalence of Orofacial pain among urban adult population of Hubli - Dharwad and its impact on daily living

1 Dept of Public Health Dentistry, G Pulla Reddy Dental College and Hospital, Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh), India
2 Prof. and head, Dept of Public Health Dentistry, SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad (karnataka), India

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Background & aim: Orofacial pain (OFP) affects millions around the world in their daily activities, social relations and have substantial impact on quality of life. Present study was done with an aim to assess prevalence of OFP and its impact on daily living. Methods: 1600 subjects above the age group of18 years were chosen by cluster random sampling method. Closed ended questionnaire by interview method was used to collect information on OFP and impact using OHIP (Oral Health Impact Profile). Results: Prevalence of OFP was 26.94% which is more common in age group of 35-44 yrs (10.3%), females (14%) and low income group (9.05%). Toothache (15.44%) was most common in oral region, frequent headaches (4.25%) and pain in forehead (4.25%) in facial region. OHIP items showed more impact with "being irritable with other people", difficulty-chewing food, disturbed sleep and worried about pain in 50% of the subjects. Mean OHIP score was 45, which increases in subjects with more number of symptoms (60.7 mean), increased intensity (mean 90), decreased frequency (mean 56.4), present pain (mean 55), upon arising (mean 47) and pain during sleep (mean 53) which showed negative impact on daily living and statistically significant difference was seen. (p<0.01). Conclusion: Quarter of study population had OFP, which showed impact in Social disability (38.4%), Psychological discomfort (35.5%), and Psychological disability (36.5%), functional limitation (31.1%), physical disability (18.5%) and handicap (7.2%).

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