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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: December | Volume: 7 | Issue: 12 | Pages: 80-83

Prevalence of Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers in Dental Student: A Questionnaire Based Study

Usha Rathod, Sunita Kulkarni, Vaishali Agrawal

Dept of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Swargiya Dadasaheb Kalmegh Smruti Dental College & Hospital, Nagpur, India.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Usha Rathod


Introduction: The classic clinical presentation of recurrent aphthous ulcers (RAU) is recurrent, self-limiting ulcers that mainly affect non keratinized oral mucosa. They clinically present in 3 different forms, minor, major and herpetiform. Therefore the aim of the following study is to report above mentioned clinical entity in detail with its variations in clinical occurrence in dental students.
Materials and Methods: 500 students were randomly chosen from the Institute. The questionnaire regarding information about the occurrence of RAU was explained and duly filled from them.
Results: RAU was found to be more common in females with buccal mucosa being the most commonly affected site (40.45%). The main triggering factor was stress (81.81%). Majority of the ulcers healed within 2-5 days (96.36%) with no treatment (67.72%).
Conclusion: RAU is common among dental students with stress being the main etiological factor.

Key words: Recurrent aphthous ulcers, Buccal mucosa, triggering factor, stress

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