Talha M Siddiqui BDS, MCPS
Aisha Wali2 BDS, MPH
Mortaza Azimi3 BDS
Tawoos Salehi4 BDS
Sohaib Mahmood Siddiqui5 BDS
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to assess the relationship between socioeconomic status and Dental caries in patients attending Out Patient Department of Baqai Dental College.
METHODOLOGY: A cross sectional study was conducted in the Department of Oral Diagnosis, Baqai Dental College from 26th April 2017 to17th December. A structured questionnaire was developed and demographic profile, socioeconomic status, residence and decayed teeth were recorded. Data was analyzed for frequency and percentages of different variables and chi- square test was used to check for association between the variables by using IBM SPSS version 22. RESULTS: The present study reported that out of 327 patients, 189(57.8%) belonged to rural area with an average monthly income. One hundred and twenty six (38.5%) of patients with an average monthly income, and 24(42.1%) from low monthly income, each reported only one decayed teeth.
CONCLUSION: The present study reported an inverse relationship between socioeconomic status and dental caries. The number of patients from low socioeconomic status showed less number of decayed teeth.
KEY WORDS: Dental caries, income, socioeconomic status, teaching hospital.
HOW TO CITE: Siddiqui TM, Wali A, Azimi M, Salehi T, Siddiqui SM. Socioeconomic status and dental caries: exploring the relation in patients visiting dental teaching hospital, karachi. J Pak Dent Assoc 2019;28(1):27-32. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25301/JPDA.281.27
Received: 17 August 2018, Accepted: 27 November 2018