Oral health status and treatment needs of children attending special schools in South India: a comparative study

Purohit, Bharathi M and Acharya, Shashidhar and Bhat, Meghashyam (2010) Oral health status and treatment needs of children attending special schools in South India: a comparative study. Special Care in Dentistry, 30 (6). pp. 235-241.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess and compare oral health status and treatment needs of children with special healthcare needs (SHCN) between the ages of 5 and 15, with a matched group of healthy children, in Udupi District of South India. A cross-sectional study of 265 children with SHCN was compared to 310 healthy children to assess differences in periodontal status, dentition status, treatment needs, and dentofacial anomalies using the WHO criteria. Chi-square, t-test, and Z-tests were performed to compare different variables. p ≤ 0.05 was considered statistically significant. A significantly higher prevalence of caries (89.1%), malocclusion, and poorer periodontal status was observed among children with SHCN compared to the healthy control group. Improving the oral health of these children will require maintaining good oral hygiene practices, which can be achieved with appropriate target-based oral health approaches.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Handicapped children; disability; oral health; dental caries; treatment needs.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2013 06:16
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 06:16
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/138025

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