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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 54-58

Prevalence oral mucosal lesions among moist snuff users in Jodhpur, India

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vyas Dental College and Hospital, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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Amarpreet Singh
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vyas Dental College and Hospital, Kudi Haud, Pali Road, Jodhpur - 342 001, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2394-2010.150804

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Background: Use of smokeless tobacco in any form is the greatest threat to the global health today. It increases the risk of oral cancers, induces oral lesions at the site where tobacco is placed, and fosters nicotine addiction and dependence. The objective of the present study is to assess the relationship between moist snuff and oral mucosal lesions among individuals using moist snuff in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was designed to assess the oral lesions among 384 moist snuff users in Jodhpur. Data collection was do ne by using pre-designed questionnaire, which included information regarding general data, type of moist snuff with and without calcium carbonate, duration and frequency of using moist snuff. The Axell's index was used to find the degree of severity of oral lesions. Dental abrasion, gingival recession, dental attrition, and dental erosion were also recorded. The parametric one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and stepwise regression analysis were done to narrate the relationship between variables of snuff use and oral mucosal conditions. Results: It was found that there was a significant correlation between the amount (P = 0.007, SD ± 1.348), frequency (P = 0.002, SD ± 1.348), and duration (P = 0.002, SD ± 1.348) of snuff use with oral mucosal lesions. Conclusion: The results reveal an association between the use of moist snuff and oral mucosal lesions.

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