Dental Anxiety and Oral Hygiene in Udaipur Rural Women- A Cross Sectional Study

Manju Ananthakrishanan Nair, Rajesh Shankarapillai, Neema Rai, Kavita Ragotham, Charanbabu H.S


Background: Indian Rural women are generally motivated with regard to oral hygiene practices and thus clean their teeth. Objective: To assess relationship of dental anxiety levels and oral hygiene status of Indian rural women. Design: Cross-sectional descriptive study. Setting: Department of Periodontics, Pacific dental college & Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Subjects: Two Hundred and fifty six rural women were interviewed on socio-demographic details and Corah’s dental anxiety scale, and a full-mouth examination was done to determine Oral Hygiene status using Oral Hygiene Index-Simplified. Results: The analysis revealed that there was statistically significant difference between the anxiety scores and dental hygiene (p<0.05). No significant differences were found between the age and the anxiety scores (p>0.05). Conclusion: This study concludes that dental anxiety cause dental care negligence which leads to poor oral hygiene.


Dental Anxiety;Dentistry;Oral Hygiene;Periodontics;Indian rural women


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