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Oral Health Prev Dent. 2014;12(3):241-8. doi: 10.3290/j.ohpd.a31675.

Betel nut chewing behaviour and its association with oral mucosal lesions and conditions in Ghaziabad, India.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To assess the practices and behaviour among Betel nut users in Ghaziabad and to detect the clinically associated oral mucosal lesions and conditions.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A community-based survey was conducted in Ghaziabad among 332 betel nut users. Data on betel nut use was obtained through a self-administered questionnaire. Oral mucosal lesions and conditions were recorded using WHO criteria.

RESULTS:

Out of 332 betel nut users, 32.8% consumed Gutkha. 62.3% users used betel nut with tobacco. Most of the study population started chewing betel nut because of peer pressure and the habit started at the workplace or school. A majority found that there was no physical discomfort due to the habit. The significant oral diseases detected were oral leukoplakia in 11.7% and oral submucous fibrosis in 6.1% of individuals.

CONCLUSION:

The findings of the present study revealed that 74.7% of the participants were current chewers. 30.4% of all participants had oral mucosal lesions and conditions.

PMID:
24624401
DOI:
10.3290/j.ohpd.a31675
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