|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 78-79
Prevalence of malocclusion and gingival diseases in tribal population
Ujjwal Priyadarsi1, Mohammad Shahbaz Alam2, Abid Hussain3, Farrukh Azam1, Priyanka Kumari4, Rahul Anand5
1 Department of Dentistry, Patliputra Medical College & Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India
2 Department of Periodontology & Oral Implantology, Awadh Dental College & Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
3 Department of Orthodontics, Mithila Minority Dental College & Hospital, Darbhanga, Bihar, India
4 Department of Orthodontics, Brahmanad Narayana Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
5 Department of Dentistry, PHC Desari, Vaishali, Bihar, India
|Date of Submission||23-Sep-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||03-Oct-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||27-Nov-2020|
Dr. Ujjwal Priyadarsi
Department of Dentistry, Patliputra Medical College & Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad 826005, Jharkhand
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Background: Jharkhand is home to many tribes, which have an interesting and varied history of origins, customs, and social practices. Oral health care in tribal areas is limited due to shortage of dental manpower, financial constraints, and the lack of perceived need for dental care among tribal masses. The main objective of this study was to find prevalence of malocclusion and gingival diseases in tribal population in Jharkhand. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional house-to-house survey was carried out among 1000 tribal children aged 5–15 years among 10 tribes of Jharkhand residing in East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum districts. Permissions and consent were obtained from local administrative authorities, ethical committee, and parents, respectively. A structured proforma was used to record demographic data. Examination for malocclusion and gingival diseases was also carried out. Descriptive tables and analytical tests such as ANOVA, post hoc, and chi-square test were employed. Results: The mean age was 10.75 (±2.43) years. The tribal children had minor malocclusion with no or slight treatment need. Categorization of orthodontic treatment need according to malocclusion severity is particularly important for the planning of corresponding public policies. Gingivitis was found among majority of children. Conclusion: The isolation of the villages and lack of transportation options impose limitations on the availability of health professionals to provide dental services.
Keywords: Dental caries, gingivitis, orthodontic needs, tribal children
|How to cite this article:|
Priyadarsi U, Alam MS, Hussain A, Azam F, Kumari P, Anand R. Prevalence of malocclusion and gingival diseases in tribal population. Int J Oral Care Res 2020;8:78-9
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Priyadarsi U, Alam MS, Hussain A, Azam F, Kumari P, Anand R. Prevalence of malocclusion and gingival diseases in tribal population. Int J Oral Care Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 24];8:78-9. Available from: https://www.ijocr.org/text.asp?2020/8/4/78/301704
| Introduction|| |
A tribe is defined as a collection of families bearing a common name, speaking a common dialect, observing certain taboos regarding marriage, occupying or professing to a common territory, and is not usually endogamous, although originally it might have been so. One of the largest tribal population resides in Jharkhand.,, Due to their remote and isolated living, the tribal groups are difficult to reach. It is reported that these tribal societies are very much ignorant about their oral health problems. The accessibility of these tribes to dental care is very minimal and neglected.,,, There are no population-based studies evaluating the oral health status among tribal children in Jharkhand, India; so this study was carried out to find the prevalence of malocclusion and gingival diseases in tribal population.
| Materials and Methods|| |
A cross-sectional house-to-house survey was carried out among 1000 tribal children aged 5–15 years old among 10 tribes of Jharkhand residing in East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum districts. Permissions and consent were obtained from local administrative authorities, ethical committee, and parents, respectively. A structured proforma was used to record demographic data, gingival index (GI), and malocclusion status among the participants. The data collected were entered in Microsoft Excel and subjected to statistical analysis using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), version 20.0 (IBM). The level of significance was fixed at 5% and P ≤ 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Descriptive statistics was used to find the frequencies, mean, and standard deviation of variables considered in the study.
| Results|| |
The study showed that a majority of Santhals used twigs of sakhua tree to routinely clean their teeth. There was a lower use of the toothpaste and toothbrush in comparison to other materials used for cleaning the teeth. In this study, high gingivitis and malocclusion prevalence was seen among the study participants. A total number of 1000 Tribal children were examined, of which 700 were boys and 300 were girls. Boys showed gingivitis prevalence of 79% and girls, 77% [Figure 1]. Total prevalence of malocclusion was seen to be 45% of children [Figure 2]. There was no significant difference between boys and girls.
| Discussion|| |
This study was carried out on the tribal population residing in. This study evidently showed that a majority (77%) of tribals routinely used twigs of sakhua trees (Shorearobusta) to clean their mouth. The results of this study are in agreement with the studies conducted by Mandal et al. and Vaish. This study showed that a majority of the tribal children suffered from gingivitis and malocclusion. This finding was comparable to the findings of the study carried out by other authors.,, Spalj and Plancak in their study among individuals aged 15 years and older found that the mean number of healthy sextants varied from 3 to 5 and the mean number of sextants with bleeding gums or dental calculus varied from 1 to 3. These findings are in accordance with the findings of this study. Jalili et al. conducted a study on tribal children aged 6–13 years, living in the villages of Mandu in Dhar District, Madhya Pradesh, and showed that nearly 30% of the children needed some sort of conservative care. These findings are similar to the findings of this study. The results of this study could form a baseline data for the health administrators for planning suitable programs for the betterment of oral health among the tribals in the District of East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum, as well as across the State of Jharkhand.
| Conclusion|| |
This study was conducted to assess the gingival health status and malocclusion of tribals residing in Jharkhand. In this study, the prevalence of high gingivitis and malocclusion was seen among the study participants. A state-wide study would be required to obtain a realistic picture of the oral health status and treatment needs of the tribals residing in Jharkhand.
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