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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 162-165

A study to assess the periodontal status of eunuchs residing in Central Gujarat, India: A cross-sectional study


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, KM Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, KM Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
3 Department of Periodontology, KM Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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Pulkit Kalyan
Department of Public Health Dentistry, KM Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Vadodara, Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/AIHB.AIHB_52_20

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Introduction: The extent of periodontal tissue destruction can be assessed using pocket depth which also indicates the condition of the extent of the local inflammation. There are so many social stigmas associated with eunuchs community that these people do not come out in open and even if they come out in open, they often resort to various debilitating lifestyle habits that affect their general well-being and oral health in a negative sense. The objective of the present study is to assess the periodontal status among the eunuchs residing in Central Gujarat and to analyse the association between the periodontal status of eunuchs residing in Central Gujarat and various demographic variables. Methodology: The survey was conducted in Central Gujarat, and data were collected through primary source using the WHO Oral Health Assessment Form for Adults (2013) to assess the periodontal status and loss of attachment. Clinical examination was performed by using a plane mouth mirror and Community Periodontal Index Probe (WHO probe) (CPI) probe under adequate natural/artificial light. Results: Out of 384 eunuchs, the mean value of periodontal pocket depth among the eunuchs is 3.12 ± 0.89; clinical attachment loss is 2.88 ± 0.74. The difference in the periodontal pocket depth and clinical loss of attachment was statistically insignificant indicating that there is no difference in periodontal pocket depth and clinical loss of attachment across all the age groups and education status of eunuchs. Conclusion: The results of the current study showed poor periodontal status among eunuch population in Central Gujarat. The periodontal condition helps estimate the oral condition of this population. These estimates are important for the future planning of dental services among eunuch community.


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