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Assessment of oral health among seafarers in Mundra Port, Kutch, Gujarat: a cross-sectional study

Pankaj Aapaliya, Kushal Shinde, Ankita Khokhar Deswal, Shreeyam Mohapatra, Sumera Saleem, Rishi Mangal, Amit Bithu, Arvind Singh Bithu, Shanti Prasad Maurya, Sudhanshu Sanadhya, Sorabh Jain, Piyush Pujara
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2015.0004
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Pubmed: 25792160
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International Maritime Health 2015;66(1):11-17.

open access

Vol 66, No 1 (2015)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2015-03-19
Submitted: 2015-03-19
Accepted: 2015-03-19

Abstract

Background: Seafarer is a person who navigates waterborne vessels or assists as a crewmember in their operation and maintenance in all tough weather, but little research has been done to identify conditions that may lead to assess seafarer general health as well as oral health.

Aim: To assess oral diseases including dental caries and periodontal conditions among seafarer’s population arrived in Mundra Port, Kutch, Gujarat, India.

Materials and methods: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess oral health condition of seafarer community of Mundra Taluka of Kutch District, Gujarat, India, from July 2014 to September 2014.

Results: Total of 385 subjects participated in the survey. Adverse habits show the overall 72.3% prevalence among the study population. Occurrence rate of caries, periodontal disease and prosthetic status were 88%, 75.1% and 6.5%, respectively. The best predictors for Decayed Missing Filled Teeth (DMFT), Community Periodontal Index (CPI) and prosthetic status were oral hygiene practices, adverse habit and educational status.

Conclusions: Findings of the present study suggest that oral health condition of seafarer community was relatively poor, with high caries prevalence and poor periodontal health. This epidemiological survey has provided baseline information to underpin the implementation of oral health programmes.

Abstract

Background: Seafarer is a person who navigates waterborne vessels or assists as a crewmember in their operation and maintenance in all tough weather, but little research has been done to identify conditions that may lead to assess seafarer general health as well as oral health.

Aim: To assess oral diseases including dental caries and periodontal conditions among seafarer’s population arrived in Mundra Port, Kutch, Gujarat, India.

Materials and methods: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess oral health condition of seafarer community of Mundra Taluka of Kutch District, Gujarat, India, from July 2014 to September 2014.

Results: Total of 385 subjects participated in the survey. Adverse habits show the overall 72.3% prevalence among the study population. Occurrence rate of caries, periodontal disease and prosthetic status were 88%, 75.1% and 6.5%, respectively. The best predictors for Decayed Missing Filled Teeth (DMFT), Community Periodontal Index (CPI) and prosthetic status were oral hygiene practices, adverse habit and educational status.

Conclusions: Findings of the present study suggest that oral health condition of seafarer community was relatively poor, with high caries prevalence and poor periodontal health. This epidemiological survey has provided baseline information to underpin the implementation of oral health programmes.

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Keywords

oral health, periodontal conditions, dental caries, general health, seafarers

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Title

Assessment of oral health among seafarers in Mundra Port, Kutch, Gujarat: a cross-sectional study

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 66, No 1 (2015)

Pages

11-17

Published online

2015-03-19

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2015.0004

Pubmed

25792160

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2015;66(1):11-17.

Keywords

oral health
periodontal conditions
dental caries
general health
seafarers

Authors

Pankaj Aapaliya
Kushal Shinde
Ankita Khokhar Deswal
Shreeyam Mohapatra
Sumera Saleem
Rishi Mangal
Amit Bithu
Arvind Singh Bithu
Shanti Prasad Maurya
Sudhanshu Sanadhya
Sorabh Jain
Piyush Pujara

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