International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Dental Science | India | Volume 6 Issue 4, April 2017

Evaluation of DMFT Score in Visually Impaired Adults in Chennai

S. S. Shivanni [3] | Dr. Dhanaraj [3] | Dr. Sangeetha [10]

Abstract: BACKGROUND Oral hygiene is the most common unmet need of visually impaired people. Good oral health is important for proper mastication, appearance and speech. Dental caries is the most common chronic oral disease that interferes with normal nutrition intake, and regular activities because it's pain adversely affects the normal food eating. AIM To evaluate the DMFT score in visually impaired adults. OBJECTIVE The study is done to evaluate the DMFT score in visually impaired individuals aged 30-60 years in Chennai using a questionnaire. MATERIALS AND METHODS A proforma was designed and number of decayed filled and missing teeth were recorded. The study population included 50 individuals between the age group of 30 ? 60 years. The individuals were explained about the study and were examined. RESULT Most of the individuals had a DMFT score more than 5. Majority of the individuals showed the presence of calculus and malocclusion. CONCLUSION The study population seems to show an increase in the DMFT index. Poor oral hygiene maybe present due to lack of visualization of the act of brushing. Hence, there is a need for programmes to encourage promotion of oral health.

Keywords: DMFT, visually impaired, dental caries, calculus, malocclusion

Edition: Volume 6 Issue 4, April 2017,

Pages: 1339 - 1340

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