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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 116-119

Dental caries experience and use of dental services among inmates of a district jail, Tumkur city

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Siddhartha Dental College, Tumkur, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Mythri Halappa
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Siddhartha Dental College, Tumkur, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ijmd.ijmd_41_17

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Introduction: The present survey was carried out to assess the dental caries status among the jail inmates, which would be helpful in planning suitable oral health-care services in a prison setting. Methodology: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in district jail. Demographic details along with caries status using DMFT index were assessed. Results: Two hundred and three inmates were included in the study, and 79.8% had decayed or missing or filled tooth and 20.2% were free from dental caries. Conclusion: A high proportion of prison inmates were affected by dental caries indicating the need for initiating oral health promotion activities among prison inmates.

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