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2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr Manu Mathur

Title: 'Status, Gradients and Determinants of Oral Health of Adolescents Living in the City of New Delhi'

Date & Time: Friday 11th March

Venue: G37 & G38


The overall aim of this research study is to assess whether there is a socioeconomic gradient in oral health status in adolescents, 12-15 years of age in the city of New Delhi, India and to assess the factors influencing this gradient.

Despite recent gains in reducing poverty and a rapidly expanding, upwardly mobile middle class, India remains distinguished by searing inequalities in social class and health. It is particularly problematic for an emerging and important resource for this country- its young. More than 400 million children and adolescents, the most of any country of the world, call India home. There is a clear and wide divide between those who grow up in more affluent homes in India, compared to those who grow up in less privileged contexts, in low income housing and slums.

Various studies conducted across the world have reported that children and adolescents belonging to lower socioeconomic groups compared to higher socioeconomic groups have poorer oral health status. Studies conducted in India conversely are inconclusive and provide conflicting evidence. Most of the studies on oral health inequalities in India have stressed socioeconomic status (SES) as an important determinant of oral health. However, very few attempts have been made in assessing the role of other psychosocial, behavioural and cultural factors in determining oral health status among different socioeconomic groups in India especially amongst adolescents living in deprived neighbourhoods.

The proposed study aims to address this gap in the scientific literature. A cross sectional survey will be conducted with a sample of adolescents living in 3 diverse areas of New Delhi (slums, resettlement colonies and middle and upper middle class homes). A clinical examination will assess the oral health status of the sample and a short interview will gather relevant behavioural and social data. The results of the study will provide useful information for the development of future oral health promotion interventions especially among adolescents in a resource poor setting.

Manu Mathur is a Dental Surgeon with a MPH from the University of Glasgow with a Distinction and Gold Medal. He has more than four years of experience of working in the field of Public Health. He is a very active oral health promotion and tobacco control advocate.He has also been selected as a Fogarty Scholar in the prestigious Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholarship program for the year 2010-11.

Manu began a 3-year doctoral program in October 2009, supervised by Prof. Richard G Watt and Dr. Georgios H. Tsakos. His external advisors are Professor K Srinath Reddy and Dr. Monika Arora at the Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi.

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