JICDRO is a UGC approved journal (Journal no. 63927)
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58-62

The prevalence of chronic periodontitis among the endangered toto tribe of India

1 Department of Periodontics, Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Periodontics, Burdwan Dental College and Hospital, Bardhaman, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Sohini Banerjee
83/2, B.P. Lane, Kolkata - 700 035, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jicdro.jicdro_66_20

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Background: The endangered Toto tribe of North Bengal is unique in their traditional oral hygiene practices. Aims & objective: To evaluate the prevalence of chronic periodontitis in the unique genetically homogenous population and also to assess their oral hygiene status. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on the population with help of two stage approach involving both preformed set of questionaries' and also the intra-oral examination in accordance with standard guidelines. Results and Observations: The data were subjected to statistical analysis and significant association was found between loss of attachment, oral habits, OHI-S scores. CPI scores could be positively associated with OHI-S scores. Discussion and Conclusion: It was observed that despite of having predominantly fair OHI-S scores, high prevalence of deleterious oral habits and other local factors, prevalence of periodontal disease was low among the population.

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