Author(s): Nandhini Subramaniam, Arvind Muthukrishnan

Email(s): nandhinisubramaniam09@gmail.com

DOI: 10.52711/0974-360X.2021.00383   

Address: Dr. Nandhini Subramaniam1*, Dr. Arvind Muthukrishnan2
1Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saveetha Dental College, SIMATS, Chennai, India.
2Professor and Head (Academics), Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, SIMATS, India.
*Corresponding Author

Published In:   Volume - 14,      Issue - 4,     Year - 2021


ABSTRACT:
Aim- This cross-sectional study aimed to identify the barriers to receive oral care among patients with special health care needs. Materials and methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 50 patients seeking dental treatment in the special care unit of Oral medicine department. A self-administered questionnaire was employed for data collection. Results: It was found that nearly 56% of respondents listed fear towards dental treatment as an important barrier which in turn prevents them from gaining access to dental care. Around 52% of patients considered their underlying medical problem as a reason for not seeking dental care as their comorbid condition would increase their fear of dental treatment, 43% of patients considered physical barriers or in need of caretakers as a barrier to Dental care. 10% of the population stated that they do not have barriers to access Dental care. Conclusion: The major barriers to oral health care utilization among patients with special needs were fear-related and hence these patients need attention towards fear alleviation and make dental care painless and simple.


Cite this article:
Nandhini Subramaniam, Arvind Muthukrishnan. Barriers to Oral health care in patients with special needs-A Cross-sectional study. Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology. 2021; 14(4):2167-1. doi: 10.52711/0974-360X.2021.00383

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Nandhini Subramaniam, Arvind Muthukrishnan. Barriers to Oral health care in patients with special needs-A Cross-sectional study. Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology. 2021; 14(4):2167-1. doi: 10.52711/0974-360X.2021.00383   Available on: https://rjptonline.org/AbstractView.aspx?PID=2021-14-4-59


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