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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 205-208

An epidemiological study of tobacco-related oral habits in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana, India


1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Government Dental College, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Private Practice, Hyderabad, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Sri Venkata Sai Institute of Dental Sciences, Mahaboobnagar, Telangana, India
4 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Maharana Pratap Dental College, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Private Practice, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Ramesh K Koothati
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Government Dental College, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jiaomr.jiaomr_40_17

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Aim: To assess the prevalence of tobacco-related oral habits (TROH) in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana, India. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 3200 participants in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana, India. People aged 16–75 years and both men and women in same proportions were included in the study. Data was obtained by interviewing individual participants regarding various TROH. Results: Out of 3200 participants, 750 (23.44%) had TROH, whereas 2450 (76.56%) did not have any tobacco habits. In 750 participants who had TROH, the habit of tobacco chewing was more common (44.5%) followed by the habit of smoking (42.7%) and both smoking and chewing (12.8%). Conclusion: From the present study, we can conclude that prevalence of TROH is alarmingly high in this district. Oral physicians have an important role in tobacco control as they can directly see the harmful effects of tobacco in the mouth.


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