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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 55-58

Common chief complaints of patients seeking treatment in the government dental institution of Puducherry, India


1 Department of Oral Pathology, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology, Mahatma Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences, Puducherry, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, KM Shah Dental College and Hospital, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
4 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, Kochi, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Thangadurai Maheswaran
Department of Oral Pathology, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Elayampalayam, Tiruchengode - 637 205, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-3019.177921

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Objective: To explore the common chief complaints (CCs) of patients seeking treatment in the government dental hospital of Puducherrry, India. Materials and Methods: The age, gender, and the CC or the main reason for the visit were recorded for each consecutive patient of the 1,014 patients attending the dental hospital. The chi-square test was used to find any statistical association between the variables. Results: The mean age of the study group was 28.1 years with age ranging 1-80 years. "Toothache" is found to be most common CC reported by 33% of the patients. "Decayed tooth" is reported as the CC by 19% of the patients. CCs were found to vary across the different age groups and to some extent gender differences were also noted. Conclusion: CC denotes the demand for dental care and thus, helps in proper planning of the public dental health care system.


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