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VOLUME 16 , ISSUE 10 ( October, 2015 ) > List of Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Utilization of Dental Services in Public Health Center: Dental Attendance, Awareness and Felt Needs

Preksha Pewa, Rushabh Dagli, Jitendra Solanki, Bharath K Garla, Geetika Arora Bhateja

Citation Information : Pewa P, Dagli R, Solanki J, Garla BK, Bhateja GA. Utilization of Dental Services in Public Health Center: Dental Attendance, Awareness and Felt Needs. J Contemp Dent Pract 2015; 16 (10):829-833.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1765

Published Online: 01-10-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Background

In rural India, dental diseases occur due to many factors, which includes inadequate or improper use of fluoride and a lack of knowledge regarding oral health and oral hygiene, which prevent proper screening and dental care of oral diseases. The objective of the study was to evaluate the dental attendance, awareness and utilization of dental services in public health center.

Materials and methods

A cross-sectional study was conducted among 251 study subjects who were visiting dental outpatient department (OPD) of public health centre (PHC), Guda Bishnoi, and Jodhpur using a pretested proforma from month of July 2014 to October 2014. A pretested questionnaire was used to collect the data regarding socioeconomic status and demographic factors affecting the utilization of dental services. Pearson's Chi-square test and step-wise logistic regression were applied for the analysis.

Results

Statistically significant results were found in relation to age, educational status, socioeconomic status and gender with dental attendance, dental awareness and felt needs. p-value <0.05 was kept as statistically significant.

Conclusion

The services provided in public health center should be based on the felt need of the population to increase attendance as well as utilization of dental services, thereby increasing the oral health status of the population.

How to cite this article

Pewa P, Garla BK, Dagli R, Bhateja GA, Solanki J. Utilization of Dental Services in Public Health Center: Dental Attendance, Awareness and Felt Needs. J Contemp Dent Pract 2015;16(10):829-833.


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