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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 709-711

Assessment of oral health status among endosulfan victims in endosulfan relief and remediation cell - A cross-sectional survey

1 Department of Periodontics and Implantology, K V G Dental College and Hospital, Kurunjibagh, Sullia, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, K V G Dental College and Hospital, Kurunjibagh, Sullia, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dasappa Shivprasad
Department of Periodontics and Implantology, Kurunibagh, Sullia - 574 327, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.156869

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Background: Endosulfan is a highly toxic agrichemical used in the cashew plantations. The Stockholm Convention held in April 2011 recommended a global ban on the manufacture and use of endosulfan because of its adverse effects on human health and the environment. Its impact on the quality of food, water, and beverages; and its ability to cause neurobehavioral disorders, congenital malformations in female subjects, and abnormalities related to the male reproductive system are studied, but however information regarding the oral health of endosulfan victims is scant. Objectives: To assess the oral health status of the endosulfan victim in rehabilitation center. Method and Methodology: A cross sectional study on 18 subjects of 4-50 years of age were interviewed and examined using modified WHO oral health assessment proforma (1997) in Endosulfan Relief and Remediation Cell in Kokkada, Belthangady Taluk, Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka, India. Results: Among the subjects, 10 (>50%) were found to be in age group <20 years. The overall oral health status of the endosulfan victim's in rehabilitation center considered to be poor, as many of the subjects suffered from major medical problems like mental retardation, physical disabilities etc. Conclusion: This study emphasizes the need for special attention from government and voluntary organization to improve overall health status of the victims.

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