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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Evaluation of Oral Health Status Among Road Transport Drivers in Erode District of Tamil Nadu

JR John, G Rajendran, P Kesavan, P Sridharan

Citation Information : John J, Rajendran G, Kesavan P, Sridharan P. Evaluation of Oral Health Status Among Road Transport Drivers in Erode District of Tamil Nadu. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2016; 10 (2):35-39.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-10-2-35

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-05-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Introduction

The aim of this study was to analyse the oral health status behaviours and treatment needs of drivers employed in Jeeva Transport Corporation located in Erode district of Tamil Nadu.

Materials and methods

A total of 360 workers aged 35 to 60 years were recruited in the study to evaluate their oral health status using a detailed closed-ended questionnaire.

Results

Among 360 study subjects, there was 4-5 mm loss of attachment seen in 261 (44.7%) and 6-8 mm loss of attachment was seen in 17 drivers (4.7%).265 of them (76.1%) had smoking habits. Of these 117(33.6%) used smoking tobacco and 126(36.2%) used smokeless tobacco.

Conclusion

The sample of transport workers provides a good opportunity to survey a population of diverse geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. It is critical to implement oral health policies that prevent, intervene and rehabilitate tobacco consumption habits and promote oral health among them.


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