CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2014; 04(04): 069-072
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1703835
Original Article


Mithra N. Hegde
1  Professor & HOD, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte University, Mangalore - 575 018, India
Radhika Jain
2  Post Graduate, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte University, Mangalore - 575 018, India
Ashwitha Punja
3  Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte University, Mangalore - 575 018, India
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The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of oral mucosal lesions and their co-relation to deleterious habits of smoking, tobacco and alcohol consumption. 2000 patients visiting both rural and urban centres were screened for oral lesions and information regarding habits was obtained through a questionnaire. The results showed the prevalence of oral mucosal lesion to be 16.7% in the study population. The most frequent observation was the presence of Fordyce's spots(6.2%) followed by smoker's palate( 5.6%), leukoedema(3.15%), leukoplakia(2.1%), oral sumucous fibrosis(2%), recurrent aphthous ulcers and lingual varices(1.6%), Lichen planus(1.2%) and oral candidiasis(1%). The habits were found to be associated with increased prevalence of oral mucosal lesions, especially in men. The study concluded the need for formulation of public health programmes discouraging these practises and public awareness of their ill-effects.

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Publication Date:
26 April 2020 (online)

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