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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 82-86

Association of recurrent aphthous stomatitis and psychological stress in school going teenagers of Bhopal city, Central India: A descriptive study

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Peoples Dental Academy, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Peoples Dental Academy, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, People's College of Dental Sciences and RC, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Dr. Pooja Khare
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Peoples Dental Academy, Bhopal - 462 016, Madhya Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmd.ijmd_23_17

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Aims and Objectives: The present study was framed with the intention to find the prevalence of psychological stress and aphthous ulcer in school going teenagers of Bhopal district and to find a correlation between the two and also to find a gender predilection for psychological stress and aphthous ulcer. Materials and Methods: The present study is a questionnaire-based study, and the questionnaire was derived from Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions. It is a twenty-item scale with eighteen positive and two negative questions. Eight private and eight government schools were chosen, and the students were asked to fill the questionnaire. Students were divided into four categories depending on the level of stress. Results: Among the study group, 32.4% (382) of males and 46.6% (437) of females suffered from the aphthous. Nearly 84.2% of females and 64.7% males were stressed which was significant. Conclusion: Stress and aphthous have a positive correlation, and therefore, most of them who had ulcers were found to be stressed. It is therefore need of the present academic curriculum to inculcate stress-free environment for a healthy mind in a healthy body.

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