Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 117--122

Evaluation of oral health-related quality of life among institutionalized orphan children


KL Girish Babu, Gururaj Hebbar Kavyashree 
 Department of Dentistry, Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, Hassan, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
K L Girish Babu
Department of Dentistry, Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, Hassan - 573 201, Karnataka
India

Introduction: Children residing in orphanages are a disadvantaged section of the population. Inadequate care can impair the quality of life of orphan children. Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the oral health-related quality of life and dental caries status among institutionalized orphan children. Materials and Methods: Children without parents, aged 6–14 years, were selected from government-run orphanages. Children who were willing to participate were included. Data on oral health-related quality of life were collected by personal interviews by a single investigator. Following, intraoral examination of each child was carried out in an adequate natural light using a sterilized mouth mirror and probe. Dental caries was assessed according to the World Health Organization criteria. The data obtained were subjected to statistical analysis. Results: The Decayed, Missed and Filled teeth (DMFT) score of males was 0.41 ± 0.86 and females was 0.97 ± 1.44, and the difference was statistically significant. The mean of oral symptoms, functional limitation, emotional well-being, and social well-being was 26.49 ± 4.48, 37.75 ± 3.63, 33.31 ± 4.18, and 47.92 ± 3.37, respectively. Conclusions: The prevalence of dental caries was low among these orphan children. The quality of life of these children was not affected by their dental caries status.


How to cite this article:
Girish Babu K L, Kavyashree GH. Evaluation of oral health-related quality of life among institutionalized orphan children.J Forensic Sci Med 2021;7:117-122


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Girish Babu K L, Kavyashree GH. Evaluation of oral health-related quality of life among institutionalized orphan children. J Forensic Sci Med [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Jan 20 ];7:117-122
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