CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2014; 04(02): 114-117
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1703777
Short Communication

ORAL HEALTH STATUS DURING PREGNANCY IN MANGALORE

Reshma Amin
1  P.G. Student (III Year), Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte University, Deralakatte Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka, India
,
Pushparaja Shetty
2  Professor & HOD, Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte University, Deralakatte Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka, India
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Abstract:

Aim: To assess the oral health status of pregnant and non-pregnant women in the age group of 18 to 35 years in Mangalore.

Materials and Methods: The oral health status of 153 pregnant and 168 non-pregnant women in the designated age group who presented at the outpatient department of a private hospital in Mangalore over a period of 6 months (june 2011-November 2011) was evaluated by various indices including the oral hygiene simplified index (OHI-S), decayed, missing, filled, teeth Index (DMFT) periodontal Index by Russell (PI)

Results: The frequency of occurrence of dental caries in pregnant women was not significantly different from (p=0.659) from that in non-pregnant women, however the OHI-S value (1.031±0.998) was significantly higher (p<.001) in pregnant women than that (0.592±0.464) in non-pregnant women. Similarly the periodontal index tended to be significantly higher (P<0.001) in pregnant women (0.737±0.476) than that in non-pregnant women (0.378±0.401)

Conclusion: Indices of oral health tended to be higher in pregnant than in non-pregnant women, suggesting a poorer oral health status in pregnancy in this setting.



Publication History

Publication Date:
24 April 2020 (online)

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