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International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 787502, 5 pages
Research Article

Periodontal Status and Risk Factors among Adults of Sebha City (Libya)

1Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Faculty of Dentistry, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya
2Department of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, Sri Paramakalyani College, Alwarkurichi, India
3Department of Chemistry, Sri Paramakalyani College, Alwarkurichi, India
4Faculty of Dentistry, Gezan University, Gezan, Saudi Arabia
5Department of Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya

Received 5 August 2012; Accepted 16 October 2012

Academic Editor: Jose Roberto Cortelli

Copyright © 2012 Syed Wali Peeran et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present study was aimed at assessing the periodontal status and risk factors like age, gender, tooth brushing habit, and smoking among the adult population of Sebha city, Libya. 452 adults, aged 35–54 years, comprised the study sample. 266 (58.84%) were females and 186 (41.15%) were males. Data was collected by interview and clinical examination using CPI of CPITN index. Chi-square test and ANOVA were used for statistical analysis at 5% level of significance. Results indicate that 76.32% used toothbrush and paste; 8.84% were current smokers and were all males. Majority, 52.65% were, detected with shallow pockets followed by 30.08% with calculus, 12.17% had deep pockets, 3.31% had bleeding, and only 1.33% were healthy. Age, gender, current smoking status and frequency of tooth brushing showed statistically significant difference with CPI codes. Health professionals can utilize this data to identify individuals at risk and to target population level interventions.