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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 21-26

To study the prevalence of complete edentulousness among rural and urban population of Udaipur district of Rajasthan in relation to age and gender

1 Department of Dentistry, Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Medical Science and Research Institute, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Eklavya Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, R. R. Dental College, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
4 Private Practionner, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttrakhand, India
5 Department of Prosthodontics, Bapuji Dental College, Davangere, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Laxman singh kaira
Faculty Residence Type 2 House No. 4, Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Medical Science and Research Institute, Srinagar, Garhwal, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-4610.116596

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Background: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the frequency of complete edentulism among rural and urban population of Udaipur district of Rajasthan who visited at a department of prosthesis at a university for the 1 st time. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study using the systematic cluster sampling method was used to select the study sample of 524 elderly men and women. Data were collected using questionnaires and oral examination. Data were statistically analyzed using a Chi-square test. Results: Nearly 52.3% and 47.8% of the rural and urban females were completely edentulous in the age group of 30-50 years and 51-70 years. 55.1% and 53.8% of urban and rural males were completely edentulous in 51-70 years of age groups. Conclusions: It is essential to identify feasible strategies to provide primary dental health education and treatment to all rural and urban elderly in the future. We suggest community dental health services as a general health need of the elderly rather than a special health need of the community.

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