Association Between Tooth Brushing Behaviours And Dental Abrasions Among Residents of A Tribal District in Himachal Pradesh ├ó┬?┬? A Cross Sectional Study
Vinay Kumar Bhardwaj*, Sunil Kumar Abbot, Nishant Negi
Aim: To determine an association between tooth brushing behaviours and dental abrasions among residents of a tribal district in Himachal Pradesh. Materials and Methods: The study was carried out on 550 adults (350 male and 200 female) aged 20 years and above who attended the Regional hospital at Reckongpeo in Tribal district of Kinnaur in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Study format comprises of patient demographic details and information on brushing behaviours. “P" value ≤0.05 was taken as statistically significant whereas ≤ 0.01 was considered as statistically highly significant. Results: In this study statistically significant relationship was observed between abrasive lesions and majority of the factors related to the tooth brushing behaviours. Statistically significant difference was found between abrasions and age wise and gender wise comparison, tooth brushing frequency, changing habits of toothbrushes on fraying of toothbrush bristles. Whereas the association between prevailing dental abrasions and technique and strokes used during tooth brushing was statistically insignificant. Conclusion: Keeping in mind an association and impact of brushing behaviour and abrasions dental professionals should make evidencebased recommendations to their patients and general masses. There is a need of demonstration of proper tooth brushing techniques to this group of population and education to modify their brushing behaviours for a sound dental health.
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