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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-15

Oral health status of special health care needs children attending a day care centre in Chennai

1 Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry, India
2 Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Ultra Best Dental Science College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

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M S Saravanakumar
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry - 607 402
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2230-7095.113814

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Introduction: Oral health is an important aspect of health for all children and is all the more important for children with special needs. Aim: To evaluate the oral health status of special health need children at Vidya Sudha, a day care centre in Chennai. Materials and Method: A modified WHO oral health assessment form was used to assess the caries experience, gingival, and oral hygiene status. Result: Data were analyzed using ANOVA and chi-square test. No statistical significant differences were found between the evaluated groups regarding age or gender, and medical conditions. Conclusion: Majority of the children had poor oral hygiene, showing high caries prevalence as well as moderate gingivitis.

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