Oral Health Care Availability in Health Centers of Mangalore Taluk, India

Simon, Arun K and Rao , Ashwini and *, GuruRaghavendran Rajesh and Shenoy, Ramya and Pai, Mithun B.H. (2014) Oral Health Care Availability in Health Centers of Mangalore Taluk, India. Indian Journal of Community Medicine, 39 (4). pp. 218-222. ISSN 0970- 0218

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Abstract

Background: Community-oriented oral health programs are seldom found in India. When primary health care systems were in the 1980s, dentistry was not adequately included. This has left oral health far behind other health services. Objectives: To find the availability of dental professionals, infrastructure, equipment, and treatments provided in health centers of Mangalore taluk. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among medical officers and dentists working in all the health centers of Mangalore taluk, using an interview schedule, the oral health care availability inventory (ORAI). Results: Among 23 health centers of Mangalore taluk, dental services were available at six health centers (26%) [two community health centers (CHCs) and four primary health centers (PHCs)]. Mouth mirrors, dental explorers, and extraction instruments were available at six health centers [two CHCs (100%) and four PHCs (19%)]. No health centers provided orthodontic tooth corrections, removal of impacted teeth, oral biopsies, and fabrication of removable dentures. Conclusions: Availability of dental services was limited in the health centers, and a vast majority of the rural population in Mangalore taluk did not have access to dental care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dental health services, dentists supply and distribution, health centers, rural health services
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Public Health Dentistry
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 11:17
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 11:17
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/140941

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