Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122--125

A study to correlate dental caries experience with total antioxidant levels of saliva among adolescents in Mangalore


S Vijay Kumar1, R Hemanth Kumar2, Nagaratna Bagewadi3, Nitin Anand Krishnan4 
1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, AIMS Ponekkara, Cochin, Kerala, India
2 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, AME's Dental College and Hospital, Raichur, Karnataka, India
3 Public Health Dentistry, AME's Dental College and Hospital, Raichur, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Amrita School of Dentistry, AIMS Ponekkara, Cochin, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
S Vijay Kumar
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, AIMS Ponekkara P.O, Cochin-682 041, Kerala
India

Introduction: The changes in salivary composition could have some role in controlling and/or maintaining oxidative damage in the oral cavity. Many adolescents and children have inadequate oral and general health because of active and uncontrolled dental caries. Materials and Methods: Oral examination to assess the dental caries experience was carried out using decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) index. The salivary total antioxidant capacity (TAC) was measured by using źDQ╗ammonium molybdate method.źDQ╗ Data were analyzed using Pearsons correlation and one-way ANOVA with Bonferroni multiple comparison test. A P value of 0.05 was taken as the level of significance. Results: With increasing DMFT scores, TAC of saliva also increased correspondingly. When the TAC of saliva was correlated against DMFT scores, there was a correlation of 0.981 (P < 0.0005). Conclusion: With increasing dental caries experience, the TAC of saliva was found to increase. TAC of saliva could be a marker for dental caries activity among children.


How to cite this article:
Kumar S V, Kumar R H, Bagewadi N, Krishnan NA. A study to correlate dental caries experience with total antioxidant levels of saliva among adolescents in Mangalore.J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent 2015;13:122-125


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Kumar S V, Kumar R H, Bagewadi N, Krishnan NA. A study to correlate dental caries experience with total antioxidant levels of saliva among adolescents in Mangalore. J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent [serial online] 2015 [cited 2021 Oct 24 ];13:122-125
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