Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Caries Prevalence in Chennai Population: A Cross-sectional Study
Meenakshisundaram Rajasekaran, Baskaran Veni Ashok, Gopal Shankarnarayan, Manali R Srinivasan, Rashmi
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Rajasekaran M, Ashok BV, Shankarnarayan G, Srinivasan MR, R. Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Caries Prevalence in Chennai Population: A Cross-sectional Study. J Oper Dent Endod 2017; 2 (1):15-18.
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The aim of the present study is to evaluate the influence of socioeconomic status and social habits on the prevalence of dental caries in Chennai population. Cross sectional study was conducted in 500 patients by survey method using a questionnaire. Data was collected based on demographic details, information on the income, educational qualification, occupation, social habits (tobacco and alcohol consumption) and the caries exposure in terms of presence or absence of dental caries or a restoration. The data was tabulated using Microsoft Excel and statistically analysed using SPSS version 22. 91.8% of subjects in the lower socio economic status have a caries exposure while only 82% and 73.4% of the medium and higher economic status had caries. Within the limitations of the present study it can be concluded that there exists a connection between the individuals' socio economic condition and the oral health status that calls for implementation of oral health programs.
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Baskaran VA, Shankarnarayan G, Rajasekaran M, Rashmi, Poorni S, Srinivasan MR. Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Caries Prevalence in Chennai Population: A Cross-sectional Study. J Oper Dent Endod 2017;2(1):15-18.
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