Background: Younger generation has been getting habituated to areca nut and its products are easily available in attractive pouches, i.e., sweet supari, ghutka, kharra, etc. Tobacco and its products, being cheap and convenient to carry, have become popular in school children, resulting in various alteration of oral mucosa, one of them being oral submucous fibrosis (OSMF).
Aim: To assess the prevalence of OSMF in children of rural areas of Nagpur, Maharashtra (India).
Materials and methods: Cross-sectional survey was carried out among 8- to 17-year-old school children in rural areas of Nagpur, Maharashtra. Thorough oral examination was carried out for recording oral changes related to OSMF, with questions regarding use of tobacco and its products. The data thus collected was subjected to statistical analysis.
Results: Examination was carried out in 2,132 children; 7.3% children were found with the habit of chewing areca nut products, i.e., sweet supari, kharra, gutka, etc., and 2.9% children were found with OSMF.
Conclusion: Onset of disease is seen early because of use of areca nut at an early age. Lack of awareness in rural areas, deficient oral health program, and areca nut chewing being the most common factors for OSMF.
Keywords: Oral submucous fibrosis. Prevalence, Tobacco,
How to cite this article: Singh P, Mittal R, Chandak S, Bhondey A, Rathi A, Chandwani M. Prevalence of Oral Submucous Fibrosis in Children of Rural Areas of Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Int J Prev Clin Dent Res 2016;3(4):243-245.
Source of support: Nil
Conflict of interest: None