Oral hygiene practices and periodontal health among brass Industry workers and general population of Moradabad city, India
Objective: To assess as well as compare the oral hygiene practices and periodontal health among industrial and non-industrial populations of Moradabad city.
Methods: A total sample of 100 subjects participated in the study with 500 subjects being randomly selected from brass industries and general population each. All the subjects were in the age group of 30-50 years and the workers with 5 years working experience were only considered for inclusion. Periodontal health was assessed with Community Periodontal Index (CPI) while oral hygiene practices and demographic data were recorded using a pre-designed questionnaire. SPSS version 15.0 statistical package was used for statistical analyses.
Results: Bleeding and calculus were most prevalent periodontal indicators in both the groups; approximately there were double the number of subjects in industrial workers group (10.2%) with shallow periodontal pockets than the general population (5.6%). None of non-industrial subjects presented deep periodontal pockets whereas 0.6% industrial workers had deep periodontal pockets. None of the study subjects had excluded sextants. There were no significant differences between the study groups for oral hygiene frequency.
Conclusions: Periodontal status of brass industry workers was found to be poor than the general population. Tooth cleaning frequency did not differ significantly between the industrial workers and general population.
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