Volume 6 Issue 2 (March - April), 2020

Original Articles

Assessment of prevalence of malocclusion among school going children of a known population- A cross-sectional study
Indu Dhiman, Rohit Gupta, Prashant Singh Saklani , Nitish Abrol

Background: Malocclusion compromises the health of oral tissues and also can lead to psychological and social problems. Hence; the present study was undertaken for assessing the prevalence of malocclusion among school going children of a known population. Materials & methods: A total of 200 school going children between the age group of 10 to 16 years were analyzed during the study period. Complete demographic and clinical details of all the patients were obtained. Mouth mirror and probe was used for carrying out oral examination. Classification of malocclusion was done according to angles classification of malocclusion. Age and gender-wise classification of malocclusion was done. Results: 38.5 percent of the patients had class I malocclusion while 31 percent and 29.5 percent had class III malocclusion. While assessing the age and gender-wise distribution of patients according to type of malocclusion, non-significant results were obtained. Conclusion: Early identification of dental malocclusion is necessary for early treatment therapy to be initiated. Key words: Malocclusion, School going children.

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