Saf Health Work.  2014 Sep;5(3):136-139. 10.1016/j.shaw.2014.05.003.

Oral Health of Stone Mine Workers of Jodhpur City, Rajasthan, India

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vyas Dental College & Hospital, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. solankijitender@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Vyas Dental College & Hospital, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.
  • 3Department of Public Health Dentistry, SGT Dental College & Hospital, Gurgaon, Haryana, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Occupational injuries cause major health problems, which the developed, developing, and underdeveloped nations worldwide are facing today. The present study aimed to assess dental caries, periodontal health of stone mine workers, and the relationship between wasting diseases and the years of working experience.
METHODS
The study population comprised 510 men, selected based on the stratified cluster sampling procedure. Clinical oral examinations were carried out, and periodontal disease, dental caries, and wasting diseases were recorded.
RESULTS
Workers were in the age group of 17-56 years; the prevalence of dental caries in the workers was found to be 74%, with a mean decayed, missing, filled teeth index of 2.89. A periodontal pocket of more than 6 mm was observed in 6% of the workers.
CONCLUSION
The oral health of mine workers is in a poor state; steps should be taken so as to provide basic medical and dental care facilities.

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