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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 94-101

Effect of dental fluorosis on oral health-related quality of life and daily performances among 12- and 15-year-old school-going children residing in high- and low-fluoridated areas of Meerut District


Public Health Dentistry, I. T. S Dental College-CDSR, Muradnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Shivangi Varshney
I. T. S Dental College-CDSR, Muradnagar, Uttar Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ajprhc.ajprhc_34_22

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Introduction: Dental fluorosis is a clinical situation that leads to changes in esthetic appearance in teeth. Oral health problems can cause problems in performing daily activities and social well-being, which may affect individual's quality of life (QOL). Aim: To assess the effect of dental fluorosis on oral health-related QOL and condition-specific oral impact on daily performance (CS-OIDP) among 12- and 15-year-old children residing in high and low fluoridated areas of Meerut district, UP. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 200 12- and 15-year-old school-going children residing in high- and low--fluoridated areas of Meerut district. Dean's fluorosis index was used to evaluate dental fluorosis. A pretested questionnaire, CS-OIDP index, was used to assess the dental fluorosis effect on the oral health-related QOL and daily performances. Results: The mean CS-OIDP score among high-fluoridated area was 39.85 and a significant correlation was found between dental fluorosis, CS-OIDP, and oral health-related QOL (P < 0.005). Conclusion: The results of the present study can act as an alarm for dentists to carry out epidemiological investigation at village and district level to evaluate the risk factors and possible treatment and preventive measures.


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