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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-23

Assessment of periodontal hygiene, health, and myths among menopausal and postmenopausal women visiting outpatient department: A cross-sectional study

1 Department of Periodontics and Oral Implantology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 Department of Law, University of Jammu, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Dr. Malvika Singh
Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics and Oral Implantology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/QAIJ.QAIJ_2_21

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Context: Menopause and postmenopausal phase has often been linked to periodontitis. Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the periodontal health awareness, methods adopted to maintain hygiene and prevalent myths regarding periodontal health among menopause and postmenopause women. Settings and Design: A total of 1115 menopausal and postmenopausal females participated in the study. Subjects and Methods: After complete demographic assessment of participants, four questionnaires were provided to the participants in which they had to choose the option they felt was correct. Statistical analysis used mean and standard deviation for continuous variables and frequency and percentage for categorical variables were calculated and tabulated. Results: Majority of participants self-reported some form of periodontal health problems with burning sensation in the mouth and tongue as a chief complaint leading the survey. Very few participants had never visited a dentist and an abundant number of menopausal and postmenopausal females reported hesitation in getting periodontal treatment citing prevalence of certain myths regarding the same. Irrespective of the educational qualification, a highly significant number of participants were unaware of the importance of periodontal health during menopause and postmenopause and believed in age-old homemade treatment for the same. Conclusions: The oral health care still remains on the backseat in care provided to menopausal and postmenopausal females.

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