Ramandeep S Gambhir1, Girish M Sogi2, Koratagere Lingappa Veeresha2, Ramandeep K Sohi2, Amaninder Randhawa3, Heena Kakar4
1Department of Public Health Dentistry, Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Rajpura, Punjab, India.
2Department of Public Health Dentistry, MM University, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India.
3Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Guru Ram Dass Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab, India.
4Department of General Dentistry, Apollo Dental Clinic, Chandigarh, India.
Aim: To assess the dental health status and treatment needs of transport workers working in Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (C.T.U.) buses, Chandigarh. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on all the available C.T.U. workers at all three bus depots. The data were recorded on a modified W.H.O. format (1997). A total of 1008 subjects constituted the final sample size. Results: The mean age of the subjects was 45.3 ± 7.8 years, and 97% (978) were males. Prevalence of dental caries was 63.4% and mean DMFT was 5.02. 47.6% of subjects needed some prosthesis in the maxillary arch while 53.3% needed some prosthesis in the mandibular arch. Regarding highest CPI (Community Periodontal Index) score, 8.13% of the subjects had healthy periodontium while maximum subjects (73.2%) had a score 2 (Calculus). Conclusion: Mean DMFT (Decayed, Missing and Filled Teeth) was satisfactory. Prosthetic need of the subjects was high with only a few subjects possessing prosthesis. Advanced periodontal disease (CPI score, 4) affected small number of subjects with maximum subjects (73%) having a CPI score of 2.
Keywords: Dentition status, oral health, prosthetic needs, transport workers, treatment needs.