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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 169-174

Oral health–related quality of life and dental caries status in children with orofacial cleft: An Indian outlook


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Chettinad Dental College and Research Institute, Kelambakkam, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Oral Health Centre, School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland, Australia
4 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Madha Dental College and Hospital, Kundrathur, India
5 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Adhiparasakthi Dental College and Hospital, Melmaruvathur, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Nagappan Nagappan
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Chettinad Dental College and Research Institute, Kelambakkam, Chennai 603103, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JPBS.JPBS_285_18

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Aim: To assess the dental caries status and oral health–related quality of life (OHRQOL) among children with orofacial cleft reporting to a hospital in India. Materials and Methods: Subjects were divided into two groups. Group 1 cleft children (n = 80) and group 2 noncleft children (n = 80). Decayed, missing, and filled teeth (DMFT) Index, deft Index, and Children Oral Health Impact Profile questionnaire were recorded. Results: The mean DMFT was high in noncleft (3.51±2.45) children than in cleft children (2.75±2.68). The mean deft was high in noncleft (1.11±0.96) children than in cleft children (0.86±3.07). Conclusion: Cleft children have negative impact on OHRQOL than noncleft children.


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