The aim of the present study was to determine the association between oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) and periodontal status among police personnel in Virajpet, India.Methods:
Police personnel were randomly selected from the 296 police staff working in Virajpet, India. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect information on their demographics and dental visit behavior, and to determine their OHRQoL. The community periodontal index (CPI) and loss of attachment were used to assess periodontal status.Results:
All 72 invited participants joined this study. The majority (n = 133) had good OHRQoL. For those with a good OHRQoL, 74 had CPI = 0, 25 had CPI = 1, 20 had CPI = 2, and 14 had CPI ≥ 3. For those who had an average or poor OHRQoL (n = 37), 19 had CPI = 0, one had CPI = 1, eight had CPI = 2, and nine had CPI ≥ 3. There was a statistically-significant association between OHRQoL and CPI (P < 0.003). Most participants with good OHRQoL (127/133), but only less than half with an average or poor OHRQoL (22/37), had no loss of periodontal attachment (P < 0.0001).Conclusion:
In the present study, there was an association between OHRQoL and periodontal status among police personnel in Virajpet, Coorg.