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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 17  |  Page : 108-113

Oral health status of children with Neoplasm receiving Anti-Neoplastic therapy in Bangalore

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and HospitaChintha Reddy palem, Nellore-2. Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College, Fort, Bangalore - 2

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Aim: To assess the oral health status of children with neoplasm receiving anti-neoplastic therapy in Bangalore. Introduction: The dental health of children with neoplasm during and after treatment is of importance since it can affect their future quality of life. As patients' lifespan increases, dental effects of oncology treatment become clinically significant. Hence a study was planned to assess the Oral Health Status of children with neoplasm receiving anti-neoplastic therapy. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore. All the children with neoplasm attending the hospital from May 1998 and June 1998 were included in the study. Study group consisted of 175 children (131 males and 44 females). Examination was done and recorded using WHO oral health assessment form 1986. The student t test was used to compare the means between the groups studied. Results: Mean number of dmft among study group of 3-5 years and 10-13 years were significantly higher (2.89, 2.48) compared to controls (1.139, 1.157). DMFT in the age group of 1 13 years was significantly higher in the study group (0.96) compared to controls (0.292). Conclusion: A meticulous maintenance of Oral Health Status seems to be an appropriate way of avoiding the development of oral problems without increasing the risk of infection in children with neoplasm.

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