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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 125-129

Oral health status of Tibetan and local school children of Kushalnagar, Mysore district, India: A comparative study

1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Kurunji Venkataramana Gowda Dental College and Hospital, Sullia, Dakshina Kannada, India
2 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Deralakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.130959

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The presence of migrants culturally different from inhabitants of the host country is now a widespread phenomenon. It is known that dietary habits and oral hygiene practices vary from country to country, which in turn has a profound effect on oral health. Objectives: To assess and compare the oral health status of Tibetan school children and local school children of Kushalnagar (Bylakuppe). Study design: A survey was conducted at Kushalnagar (Bylakuppe), in Mysore district, India to assess the oral health status of Tibetan school children (n = 300) and local school children (n = 300) and compared using World Health Organization oral health proforma (1997). Results: The proportional values are compared using chi-square test and the mean values are compared using Student's t-test. Statistically significant results were obtained for soft tissue lesions, dental caries, malocclusion, and treatment needs. However, results were not significant when gingivitis was compared in the two populations. Conclusions: Tibetan school children showed higher prevalence of Angular cheilitis, gingival bleeding, dental caries experience, malocclusion, and treatment needs in comparison with non-Tibetans. Among the Tibetan school children, the requirement for two or more surface filling was more.


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