Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 402--408

A preliminary investigation into the dietary and oral practices associated with fractured teeth and prostheses in a Trinidadian population


Shivaughn Maria Marchan, William Adam Joseph Smith 
 Unit of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shivaughn Maria Marchan
Unit of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, School of Dentistry, The University of The West Indies, St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago

Objectives: This preliminary study seeks to determine the relationship between fractured teeth, restorations, prostheses, and specific dietary practices. Methodology: Anonymous questionnaires were randomly distributed to a convenience sample of Trinidadian adults at various locations around the country, after gaining consent. Data were analyzed using the software; Statistical Package for the Social Sciences for significant associations between various types of food and broken teeth or prosthesis using odds ratios. Results: Three hundred questionnaires were completed. Seventy-five percent of the patients preferred crunchy or hard foods and 51% of the respondents liked crushing bones, mostly chicken bones. It was observed that respondents with a dietary preference for fried whole chana, split chana, crab, and sugarcane were significantly associated with broken dentures. Respondents eating whole chana also had a significant association with broken teeth and broken dentures. Associations were found between some dietary preferences, ethnicities, and age groups. Conclusions: Significant associations between age, ethnicity, sex, and certain dietary practices and habits were found. There also appears to be a significant relationship between patients with fractured teeth, restorations, and prostheses with certain dietary preferences.


How to cite this article:
Marchan SM, Joseph Smith WA. A preliminary investigation into the dietary and oral practices associated with fractured teeth and prostheses in a Trinidadian population.J Int Soc Prevent Communit Dent 2018;8:402-408


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Marchan SM, Joseph Smith WA. A preliminary investigation into the dietary and oral practices associated with fractured teeth and prostheses in a Trinidadian population. J Int Soc Prevent Communit Dent [serial online] 2018 [cited 2022 Aug 14 ];8:402-408
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