Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

: 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 2456--2462

Prevalence of periodontal status among nicotine dependent individuals of 35-44 years attending community dental camps in Ghaziabad district, Uttar Pradesh

Jyoti Goyal, Ipseeta Menon, Ricky Pal Singh, Ritu Gupta, Anubhav Sharma, Preeti Bhagia 
 Department of Public Health Dentistry, I.T.S Centre for Dental Studies and Research, Delhi. Meerut Road, Murad Nagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Jyoti Goyal
Department of Public Health Dentistry, I.T.S Centre for Dental Studies and Research, Delhi- Meerut Road, Murad Nagar, Ghaziabad - 201 206, Uttar Pradesh


Background: Tobacco is the second driving reasons for mortality worldwide and its broad utilization in the smoking and smokeless form have added to the expanding weight of non-communicable disease. Aim: To study the prevalence of periodontal status among nicotine dependent individuals of 35-44 years attending community dental camps in Ghaziabad District, Uttar Pradesh. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 800 individuals with the age range of 35-44 years. A pre-tested questionnaire was used to gather information about the sociodemographic profile and the pattern of substance use. Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence-Smokeless Tobacco (FTND-ST) and for smokers; Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND) for testing dependence. Periodontal status was assessed by Community Periodontal Index (Modified CPI WHO 2013) and loss of attachment (LOA). Statistical analysis was done by the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.0. Result: The prevalence of periodontal disease was found to be 78.5% with maximum disease prevalence among males of 42-44 age. Majority of male consumed a smokeless form of tobacco (50.23%), followed by smoke (14.19%) form whereas females predominantly consumed smokeless form (37.36%). The mean number of teeth with pocket (3.37 ± 1.86) and mean of loss of attachment of more than 9 mm (0.67 ± 0.88) was higher among smokeless form of tobacco users as compared to other habit groups Conclusion: Higher prevalence of periodontal disease was seen among nicotine dependent individuals. A model for a comprehensive program in the dental office including the five A's and five R's for tobacco counseling must be applied at every institute.

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Goyal J, Menon I, Singh RP, Gupta R, Sharma A, Bhagia P. Prevalence of periodontal status among nicotine dependent individuals of 35-44 years attending community dental camps in Ghaziabad district, Uttar Pradesh.J Family Med Prim Care 2019;8:2456-2462

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Tobacco is in charge of the newest plague of the twentieth century, and its utilization is still expanding around the world. Out of 930 million worldwide tobacco users, 182 million smokers abides in India. World Health Organization (WHO) appraisal evaluated that by 2020, tobacco-related demise may surpass 1.5 million every year or 13% of all passing in India.[1] Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2 (GATS 2) in Uttar Pradesh the prevalence of tobacco utilization in any form is still high as the contrast with neighboring states.[2]

Nicotine dependence includes parts of both mental and physical dependence.[3] This reliance has been delegated an interminable, relapsing ailment. At the end of the day, it is a long haul issue that may have times of relapse and abatement that require rehashed intercession.[4] The hazard for the improvement of reliance and to what extent it takes to end upward contrasts from individual to individual.[5]

Tobacco use is a major modifiable risk factor for health, which is one of the leading causes of a range of cardiovascular and respiratory disorders in addition to various cancers in the body.[6] Smoking cigarettes can have numerous unfriendly consequences for our oral and dental wellbeing. Among these impacts is oral malignant growth, periodontal illness, a main source of tooth loss, delayed healing of extraction socket, awful breath, discolored teeth and tongue; a decreased feeling of taste and smell.[1] Smokeless tobacco is known to cause tumors of the mouth, lip, tongue, and pancreas along with majority leading to destruction of gum tissue, causing periodontal malady.[7] Pindborg (1947) was one of the primary specialists to examine the connection between tobacco use and periodontal disease.[8]

In a 5-year investigation of attachment loss in 800 network abiding grown-ups, tobacco consumers were observed to be at an expanded danger of attachment loss.[9] The link between smoking and periodontal attachment loss has been frequently reported in epidemiological studies. Besides, the gingival appearance in chronic smokers is known to be disease-masking as the gingiva bleeds less and appears hardened as compared to that of non-smokers. The vasoconstrictive properties of cigarette smoke reduce gingival inflammation. However, advanced periodontitis could be happening in light of the propagation of the underlying inflammatory process.[7]

Though the prevalence of using tobacco in any form either 'bidi' or 'gutka' is quite evident in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh, few studies have been done to assess the nicotine dependence in this region. Hence, the present study was conducted to determine the level of nicotine dependence and periodontal status among individual. The association between the severities of periodontal status with various tobacco habits was also assessed. The findings of this study will help to decide the course of counseling and nicotine replacement therapy needed for the patient as a mode of deaddiction management.


The present study was conducted among 800 nicotine dependents of 35-44 years age attending community dental camps in Ghaziabad District, Uttar Pradesh. 200 each individual were taken from the four blocks of Ghaziabad, namely Razapur block, Muradnagar block, Bhojpur block, and Loni Block. Written consent was taken from all the patients.

The pilot study was carried out on 80 adults in 4 blocks of Ghaziabad. Ethical clearance was taken from the Institutional Ethical Committee (IEC) of the college. Calibration of the principal investigator was done to limit the examiner variability.

Inclusion criteria

Patients using tobacco for more than 6 monthsA patient using tobacco for more than 3 times per dayPatients with no history of any periodontal treatment for the past 6 months.

Exclusion criteria

Patients with chronic systemic diseases and with conditions biasing the resultsPregnant or lactating femalesPatients using any medication which affects the health of the periodontiumPatient undergoing nicotine replacement therapy.

Data collection

Information was collected by using a pre-tested questionnaire, about sociodemographic profile (including age, gender, socioeconomic status), pattern of substance use (frequency, number of years since use, daily consumption, type of substance), soft tissue examination, oral hygiene questionnaire (aids use, frequency) and dental behavior (last visit to dentist).

Questions to determine the presence of substance dependence was assessed using The Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence-Smokeless Tobacco (FTND-ST) And the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND). Periodontal status was calculated by Community Periodontal Index (Modified CPI WHO 2013) and loss of attachment (LOA). Those individuals having bleeding on probing and periodontal pocket were diagnosed as having the disease.

Statistical analysis

Statistical analysis was finished by utilizing the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.0. Statistical significant with P value equal or less than 0.05. Statistical methods like Chi-Square test and One way ANOVA with post-Tukey's test were used for the purpose of analysis.


Out of 800 individuals, 444 were males and 356 were females. The prevalence of periodontal disease among males 413 (93.2%) and that among females was 215 (60.4%). The prevalence of periodontal disease in different age groups and clearly shows that as age increases periodontal disease also increases. The majority of individuals belong to lower (92.6%) and upper lower (79.3%) level of socioeconomic status had periodontal status [Table 1].{Table 1}

Majority of male consumes a smokeless form of tobacco (50.23%), followed by smoke (14.19%) form. While females were predominantly consumed smokeless form (37.36%) followed by both smoke and smokeless form [Table 2].{Table 2}

[Graph 1] reveals that 162 (77.9%) of dual tobacco users were prone to disease. 78 (89%) of smokeless tobacco chewers were affected by the disease. The majority of individuals consumed bidi (49%), closely followed by cigarettes (40.4%). A high prevalence of gutka (29.3%) and khaini (29.9%) among the study population [Table 3].[INLINE:1]{Table 3}

Prevalence of Leukoplakia was highest. 2.5% of smokeless tobacco user had ulceration. Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG) was significantly more among dual tobacco users (10.6%). The abscess was significantly more among smokeless tobacco users (3.4%) [Table 4].{Table 4}

The toothbrush was used by 32.6% smokeless and 23.9% smokers. Tooth brushing frequency 2-6 times a week was significantly more among Smokers (43.5%) and Smokeless tobacco users (43.3%). Nearly 1% each of smokers, smokeless and 2%dual users of tobacco never brushed. The study population did differ significantly as the frequency of tooth brushing and oral hygiene aid usage [Table 5].{Table 5}

[Graph 2] reveals high nicotine dependence among smokeless users and majority smokers had low nicotine dependency. [Graph 3] reveals that among the dual-tobacco users; 53.4% (111) had a high dependence on smokeless form and 30.3% (63) on smoke form. Nearly 57.9% smokeless tobacco users had bleeding on probing present, followed by 73.6% dual tobacco user [Table 6].[INLINE:2][INLINE:3]{Table 6}

The mean number of teeth with pocket was significantly more among smokeless (3.37 ± 1.86) and dual tobacco users (2.68 ± 1.72) [Table 7]. The study population differs significantly as per loss of attachment among the different habits [Table 8]. The correlation between nicotine dependence and periodontal status, and between nicotine dependence and loss of attachment was statistically significant [Table 9].{Table 7}{Table 8}{Table 9}


Tobacco is considered as the absolute most preventable reason for driving worldwide mortality and periodontal disease is the main source for tooth loss in adults. In the present study, the prevalence of tobacco use was 78.5%. High predominance of a smokeless type of tobacco in our examination was in consent to investigations of Naveen-Kumar B et al.[10] and Rolandson et al.[11] The high pervasiveness of the utilization of the smokeless tobacco may be credited due to the board accessibility of these items in the city.

In the present investigation, tobacco utilization was more in males. Comparative outcomes were found in an examination by Kadante et al.[12] However, these findings were in contrast to Chilean institution study, where females represented 70.7% of the sample.[13]

In our examination, the low utilization of tobacco utilization among females can be clarified by the way of social acceptance of females consuming tobacco, and this finding has additionally been shown in an investigation by Rani M et al.[14] The continuous exacerbating of periodontal conditions with increasing age mirrors the dynamic idea of the periodontal malady. The expansion of tobacco use with an expansion of age might be because of expanded peer pressure and expanded interest to experimentations.[15]

The disease predominance was high in the poorest financial group Similar outcome were found in studies by Kadtane SS et al.[12] and Gautam DK et al.[16] The purpose behind the decline in periodontal disease with an expansion in status might be because of the paying limit of the subjects for treatment methods, which were discovered exorbitant to those in the low financial status.

Bidi was the most utilized smoked tobacco pursued by khaini and gutka which is in accordance to GATS [2] and Mohamed et al.[17] Predominance of leukoplakia was high in the tobacco users. This is as per the discoveries of the epidemiological investigation did by Vellapaly S [1] and Anand et al.[18] It was found that the disease prevalence was more in those who were consuming smokeless tobacco followed closely by smokers. This is in accordance with studies of Shimazaki et al.[19] and Bergström J et al.[20] Smokers had lower bleeding on probing than non-smokers These results are in contrast to the reporting of Shimazaki et al.[19] Loss of attachment (LOA) was found to be significantly greater in tobacco which is similar to the study done by Biradar et al.[21]

High nicotine dependency was found among smokeless tobacco users. The majority share of smokers has low nicotine dependence. Comparable discoveries were accounted for by Sieminska et al.[22] and Fagerstrom et al.[23] The discoveries from the present examination calls for attention to the necessities for building up a suitable instructive, preventive and treatment measure combined with successful reconnaissance for tobacco end.


The self-reported amount of tobacco of the individuals may not give a fully reliable data. One of the debating points concerning the FTND involves the lack of relationship to the smoker's psychological and emotional state (depression, anxiety, stress and alcohol use) at the time of the survey.


Educational efforts at national and local levels are needed to focus both public and professional attention on the problem of periodontal diseases and its association with tobacco consumptionPartnership with government and non-government organizations to work in the right direction for tobacco controlEstablishment of smoking/tobacco cessation centre where community-based cessation programme should be taken phase by phaseReinforcement of health programs, guest lectures, educational tours and symposium regarding tobacco effects and its dependence on the students and enforce them that they should not adopt this lifestyle.


Effective execution of tobacco control arrangements gives a chance to India to satisfy its responsibilities to meet the objectives – 2030 agenda of Sustainability Development Goal of poverty reduction and good health.

Dental clinicians, general wellbeing experts, expert and business associations, and specialists all have an imperative task to carry out in advancing periodontal health. In order to avert and control periodontal maladies at a populace level and handle periodontal disparities, a general wellbeing approach is required.

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