PREVALENCE OF ORO-MUCOSAL CHANGES IN TOBACCO USERS COMING TO SAIMS DENTAL HOSPITAL OPD, INDORE
Dr. Sandeep Chaurasia, Dr. Tushar Phulambrikar and *Dr. Navdeep Johar
Introduction: Tobacco consumption in any form has long been associated and indicated worldwide as the major factor in the development of oral cancer and other systemic diseases. This study was carried out to correlate tobacco habits and oral mucosal changes. Material and Methods: This study included 1000 tobacco users, which met inclusion-exclusion criteria visiting the outpatient department of Oral medicine and radiology and were examined clinically for mucosal changes in the oral cavity. Oral mucosal changes in tobacco consumers were assessed using WHO oral health proforma, 1997. Result: Out of 1000 tobacco users 94.5% were found to be male while 5.5% were female. Most commonly observed type of lesion was found to be oral sub-mucous fibrosis (OSMF), which was clinically diagnosed among 33.2% tobacco users. Conclusion: The study confirms the fact that use of tobacco in any form can be positively correlated to the occurrence of various potentially malignant disorders.
Keywords: Oral cancer, Tobacco, Oral sub-mucous fibrosis, Potentially malignant disorders.
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