Oral Health Status of Institutionalized Orphans and Non-Orphans Aged 6-12 Years in a Central Indian City: A Comparative Study

  • Karishma A.
  • Anuj Nair
  • Anjali D.
  • Indrajeet Singh
Keywords: Orphans, Dental Caries, Toothbrushing


INTRODUCTION: Oral Health, like general health, is a basic fundamental right for all, and even more so for the underprivileged.
AIM: To evaluate the oral health status of Institutionalized orphans aged 6-12 years and non-orphans in Indore, Madhya Pradesh
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among various registered orphanages in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Oral Examination was done by two standardized examiners (ADA type III examination) and data was entered using a pre-tested and pre-validated proforma. Data was transferred into MS excel and after application of descriptive statistics, the independent samples t-test and multiple logistic regression were applied (p value significant at ≤ 0.5).
RESULTS: Of the total 263 study subjects, there were 132(50.2%) orphans and 131(49.8%) school children aged 6-12 years. Among orphans, males (62.9%) formed the majority; use of toothbrush with toothpaste was observed among 69.7% of orphans, while 6.1% did not use any oral hygiene aid. The most common observed hard lesion was dental caries (31.8%) as compared to 20.6% in school children and its presence revealed a significant association (p=0.02).
CONCLUSION: It is recommended that a special emphasis should be made to promote oral health among the children residing in orphanages.


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Author Biographies

Karishma A.

MDS (Oral Medicine and Radiology), Ex-dental Consultant and Pharmacovigilance Specialist, Hyderabad

Anuj Nair

BDS, Private Practitioner, Shiva Multispeciality Hospital and Clinic, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Anjali D.

MBBS, Consutant Physician, Shiva Multispeciality Hospital and Clinic, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Indrajeet Singh

BDS, Private Practitioner, Greater Noida


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DOI: 10.26440/IHRJ/0409.12360
Published: 2020-12-23
How to Cite
Karishma A., Anuj Nair, Anjali D., Indrajeet Singh. Oral Health Status of Institutionalized Orphans and Non-Orphans Aged 6-12 Years in a Central Indian City: A Comparative Study. IHRJ [Internet]. 2020Dec.23 [cited 2024Jun.19];4(9):OR12-OR15. Available from: https://ihrjournal.com/ihrj/article/view/360