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VOLUME 13 , ISSUE 5 ( September-October, 2012 ) > List of Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

A Cross-Sectional Study on the Relationship between Behavioral Variables and Economic Status in Periodontal Disease among Elderly Individuals

HR Prasanna, DN Chandan, Krishna Kripal, KR Hari, CM Adarsh, T Praveenkumar Reddy

Citation Information : Prasanna H, Chandan D, Kripal K, Hari K, Adarsh C, Reddy TP. A Cross-Sectional Study on the Relationship between Behavioral Variables and Economic Status in Periodontal Disease among Elderly Individuals. J Contemp Dent Pract 2012; 13 (5):699-702.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1212

Published Online: 01-10-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Objectives

The objectives of this study were to examine the relationship between behavioral variables, such as smoking and level of income on the periodontal disease among older South Indian adults.

Materials and methods

Data pertaining to participants aged 55 years and above from the Outpatient Department of MR Ambedkar Dental College and Hospital were used. A total of 209 elderly subjects were selected by convenient sampling and a complete evaluation of their periodontal status was carried out.

Results

Our study showed that patients belonging to the lower income group and smokers had more severe disease compared to other groups. They were found to have higher plaque scores, higher calculus scores, deeper pockets and attachment loss compared to the subjects of the other groups.

Conclusion

Variables, such as smoking, gender and low income are associated with the severity of periodontal disease in older adults.

How to cite this article

Prasanna HR, Chandan DN, Kripal K, Hari KR, Adarsh CM, Reddy TP. A Cross-Sectional Study on the Relationship between Behavioral Variables and Economic Status in Periodontal Disease among Elderly Individuals. J Contemp Dent Pract 2012;13(5):699-702.


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