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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 20  |  Page : 81-86

Periodontal status of inmates in central prison, Chennai


Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Pushpagiri College of Dental Sciences, Medicity, Perumthuruthy, Tiruvalla 689107, Kerala. Periodontal Status of Inmates in Central Prison, Chennai, India

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Benley George
Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Pushpagiri College of Dental Sciences, Medicity, Perumthuruthy, Tiruvalla 689107, Kerala. Periodontal Status of Inmates in Central Prison, Chennai
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Aim: To assess the periodontal status of inmates in Central Prison, Chennai. Material & Methods: A Cross-sectional survey was conducted among 1060 inmates from 3 divisions of Central prison, Chennai. Periodontal status of the inmates was assessed by a single investigator using the Community periodontal index according to WHO specifications. Results: The present study revealed that a high proportion of inmates(97.6%) were affected by periodontal disease. Among the study population of 1060 inmates, 2.1%, 6.3%, 79.5%, 10.3% and 1.8% of male inmates had healthy periodontal status, bleeding gingiva, calculus deposits, shallow pockets, and deep pockets respectively. Among female inmates, 8.6%, 68.6%, 14.3%, and 8.6% had healthy periodontal status, calculus deposits, shallow pockets, and deep pockets respectively. Conclusion: This survey demonstrates that a large proportion of inmates were affected by periodontal disease. The alarming rate of periodontal disease among the inmates necessitates the need for dental health education among this disadvantaged group.


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