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Research Article Open Access
Objective: To assess the tobacco consumption habits and its effect on periodontal disease among Bhil tribes of Rajasthan.
Methods: The target population is of Bhil tribe males who participated in a festival called as Gavri in Udaipur district Rajasthan. The sample comprised of 416 males. Due to the problem in interpretation with tribes one villager was being appointed with the doctor to assist for data collection. Two such teams were appointed, for which kappa’s statistics (0.89) was calculated two days prior to commencement of the study. Data analysis was carried out using the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) version 20.0 with chi square and multiple linear regression analysis.
Results: Overall periodontal disease was 100% with shallow pocket and deep pocket contributing a major part (67.7%). In the present study only (29%) of sample were non tobacco users.
Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study, tobacco consumption is well spread and demonstrates marked periodontal deterioration among Bhil Tribes.
Tobacco consumption, Peridontal disease, Oral hygiene, Public Health Dentistry, Dental Traumatology