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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 131-135

Perceived oral health beliefs, traditional practices, and oral health status of nomads of Tamilnadu: A cross-sectional study

Department of Public Health Dentistry, SRM Dental College and Hospital, Ramapuram, Chennai, India

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Dr. R Sindhu
SRM Dental College, Bharathi Salai, Ramapuram, Chennai - 600 089
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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_618_19

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Aim: To assess the perceived oral health beliefs, traditional practices, and oral health status of nomads. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 115 nomads residing in various places of Tamilnadu. Information regarding socio-demographics such as age, gender, occupation, and place of residence were obtained. Study participants were interviewed with a pre-tested questionnaire consisting questions related to oral health beliefs and oral health practices. Clinical examination was carried out to record the oral health status using a proforma. Results: A significant Chi-square association was found with oral health-related beliefs (P < 0.01). However, 30.9% had perceived strong beliefs, 64.3% of the subjects used toothbrush, and 20% had at least one oral mucosal lesion. Conclusion: A significant proportion of nomads had perceived oral health beliefs, which had a significant association with their traditional practices and their oral health was much deteriorated.

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