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Journal of Dental and Orofacial Research
Year : 2015, Volume : 11, Issue : 1
First page : ( 3) Last page : ( 6)
Print ISSN : 2347-2588. Online ISSN : 2347-2758.

Assessment of Oral Health Status Among Visually Impaired Children

Priyadarshini Pallavi1, Dr. Pushpanjali K2, Dr. Sagarkar Anitha3,*, Dr Bhoomika4, Dr Shenoy Sneha4

11Vth BDS, M S Ramaiah Dental College, Bangalore, Karnataka

2Prof &HOD, Department of Public Health Dentistry Faculty of Dental Sciences, MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka

3Reader, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Sciences, MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka

4Post Graduate Students, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Sciences, MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka

*Corresponding Author Email: draniraj@gmail.com

Online published on 18 January, 2019.

Abstract

Aim

To assess the oral health practices, status and caries experience among the visually impaired children.

Materials and methods

A cross-sectional study was conducted in 2 blind schools of Bangalore city. A total of 43 individuals with mean age of 15.37 were included in the study. Ethical clearance was obtained from the ethics committee of FDS, MSRUAS. Permissions were taken from the respective schools. Data was collected by structured interview of each individual with a barrel shaped questionnaire. Questionnaires were related to their frequency of brushing, brushing technique, type of oral hygiene aids, and frequency of changing toothbrush, tongue cleaning, mouth rinsing and visit to the dentist. Clinical examination was done to record DMFT and OHI-S indices.

Results

The oral hygiene practices vary from moderate to low grade. The mean DMF score was 1.58 and complete OHI was 1.21. The D component shows mean score of 1.02 and F component was 0.05.

Conclusion

Our study reveals that their oral health practices are lacking and the DMF scores tells us that 1 tooth of every child is carious. Therefore, proper planning is needed and programmes should be organised to provide oral health education and services for such special group.

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