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BRIEF RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 150-153

Association between oral health status and oral health-related quality of life among the prison inmate population of kanda model jail, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, HP Government Dental College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
2 Lecturer, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, HP Government Dental College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, RCC, Indira Gandhi Medical, College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Shailee Fotedar
Department of Public Health Dentistry, HP Government Dental College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.184573

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The prison population is a challenging one with many health problems including oral health. In a country such as India, the information regarding the oral health status in prisoners is scant. So, a cross-sectional study was carried out among a 311 prison inmate population of Kanda model jail, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, to assess the dental caries levels, periodontal health status, and oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL). Dental caries was present among 71.8% of the population and the mean decayed missing and filled teeth index (DMFT) of the population was 5.1 ± 2.1. Calculus was seen among 54.9% of the population. The mean severity score, summed for the 14 items in the scale was 14.57. Dental caries, periodontal disease, the number of missing teeth were significantly associated with OHRQoL. The population had a higher level of oral diseases and one half of the population reported that their oral condition had negatively impacted them in some way, thereby affecting their quality of life.


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