Suraiya Hirani1 BDS
Amynah Tariq Charani2 BDS, M.Phil
OBJECTIVES: Oral health influences general health; both physically and mentally as it reflects the quality of life. Quality of life pertaining to oral health is acknowledged by WHO as a significant section in Global Oral Health program. Quality of life pertaining to oral health is “the absence of negative impacts of oral conditions on social life and a positive sense of dentofacial self-confidence”. To assess oral health & quality of life in dental undergraduates and graduates of Dow University of Health Sciences using DMFT and OIDP.
METHODOLOGY: The study was conducted for 1 months in July 2016. Samples were collected from undergraduate dental students starting from newly enrolled students to final year and house officers of Dow University of Health Sciences (both campuses: Dow medical college campus and OJHA campus). OIDP survey method was used to measure quality of life and caries index was checked using DMFT index. Analysis were done using SPSS 22.0 software under descriptive analysis; mean comparison and correlation of coefficient at 99% confidence interval.
RESULTS: Two hundred and forty undergraduates and graduates participated in this study amongst which 73.7% were females and 26.3% were males. Only 86.7% were satisfied from dental treatment they experienced in past two years. According to OIDP scale, sleeping (27.9%), cleaning (26.6%) and emotional state were mostly affected, whereas smiling (0.000031), emotional state (0.089) and interacting with people (1.9528E-8) shows statistically significant results in paired T-test. Correlation between DMFT and OIDP show significant results in eating (0.025), speaking (0.001), smiling (0.002), emotional state (0.024) and interacting with people (0.004).
CONCLUSION: This study shows significant impact of oral health on social wellbeing of undergraduates and graduates of Dow University of Health Sciences.
KEY WORDS: QoL, OIDP, OHRQoL, DMFT index.
HOW TO CITE: Hirani S, Charani TA. OHRQoL with DMFT of undergraduates and graduates of dow university of health sciences. J Pak Dent Assoc 2018;27(4):186-89.
Received: 20 September 2017, Accepted: 14 August 2018