World Journal of
Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences

An International Peer Reviewed Journal for Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences
An Official Publication of Society for Advance Healthcare Research (Reg. No. : 01/01/01/31674/16)
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Abstract

REASONS FOR UTILIZING DENTAL SERVICES AMONGST ADULT POPULATIONS IN CHENNAI CITY, INDIA

Delfin Lovelina Francis*, Kumara Raja Balasubramanian, Logeshwaran Ravikumar, Geethanjali K., Keerthi Sowjanya G.

ABSTRACT

Aim: To assess the level of dental services utilization among urban populations of Chennai city, Tamil Nadu, India. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional questionnaire survey was carried out among 472 participants aged 20 years and above during the month of January 2016 in Chennai city, India. Systematic random sampling methods were followed to collect data. The results were analyzed by descriptive statistics and Chi?square test using SPSS version 19. All tests were set at a 0.05 significance level. Results: A total of 472 study subjects with mean age 40.7 ± 3.1 years participated in the present study. Amongst those who visited the dentist, the most common reasons for their last visit were tooth ache (pain) (46.0%), followed by dental filling of crown (22.1%), Cleaning of teeth (13.3%) and replacement of missing teeth (09.5%). It was observed that only 11(02.3%) participants visited dentist for regular dental check-up. Conclusion: Dental care service was majorly utilized for relieving pain, proving the fact that study participants visited dentist only when a symptomatic reasons arises.

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