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The Oral and Dental Effects of Qat Chewing

The Oral and Dental Effects of Qat Chewing

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    Hill, C.M., & Gibson, A. (1987). The Oral and Dental Effects of Qat Chewing. Oral Surg. Oral Med. Oral Pathol., 63, 433-436.

    A survey of 121 male volunteers who were questioned regarding their attitudes to q’at (Khat or Catha edulis) is presented. This preceded a dental examination that revealed a low caries rate, an inverse relationship between periodontal pocket depth and the chewing side, and evidence of temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Keratosis of the buccal mucosa-probably related to q’at chewing-was also seen. No evidence has been found to suggest that q’at chewing has particularly detrimental oral or dental effects.