KAP on Status of Partially Edentulous Among Adolescents in Rural Areas (Thiruvallur District) | Abstract

Journal of Research in Medical and Dental Science
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KAP on Status of Partially Edentulous Among Adolescents in Rural Areas (Thiruvallur District)

Author(s): Yuvashree CS and Dhanraj Ganapathy*


Loss of some teeth is called partial edentulism. Those who have lost teeth are edentulous whereas those who have not lost teeth called dentate by comparison. People who are living in rural areas may follow a form of health care based on ancient traditions, beliefs, and cultural habits. Edentulism affects approximately 158 million people globally as of 2010 (2.3% of the population). It is more common in women at 2.7% compared to the male rate of 1.9%. Partial edentulism is an indication of unhealthy dental practices in society and attitude toward dental and oral care. The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude and perception on status of partially Edentulous among adolescents in rural areas in Thiruvallur District. A cross-sectional study was done by conducting a survey consisting of 10 questions prepared to assess the awareness of partial edentulism and tooth replacement among adolescents. A total of 100 participants aged between 17 and 21years in rural districts of Thiruvallur. The data were statistically analyzed. It was seen that 75% of participants were aware of the partial edentulism and can be treated. 40% of participants agreed to undergo prosthodontics treatment and rest of 25% were not aware of such treatment, and 56% of them have not undergone any treatment due to their financial issue, clinical fear. The present study concluded that the prevalence of partial edentulism among the study population was high. So, they need community-based oral health programs to increase awareness and reduce the risk of tooth loss and make them aware of prosthodontics rehabilitation among the people, and also they should be educated about the need for prosthodontics treatments

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