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A Study of Dental Morbidity Among Fishermen Community in Rural Tamilnadu

Z Singh, Senthilvel

Citation Information : Singh Z, S. A Study of Dental Morbidity Among Fishermen Community in Rural Tamilnadu. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2013; 7 (1):8-11.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-7-1-8

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Published Online: 01-12-2015

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Very few data are available on the oral health condition among fisherfolk in rural areas of India. The external factors like diet, quality of dental hygiene and environmental factors have an effect on caries occurrence. The aim of the study was to assess the dental morbidity among fishermen community.

Materials and methods

A community based observational study was done among the fishermen community. Descriptive statistics, percentages and Chi square methods were used for analysis. p value <0.05 has been taken as statistically significant.

Results and conclusion

Majority of patients had sought treatment for symptomatic caries and younger age group patients sought treatment more than older age group. Education level and social class also reflected the morbidity status of the community. Findings have implications to develop strategies to increase the public awareness of oral hygiene in rural community.

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