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Dental Neglect in Pediatric Population—A Critical Issue Necessitating Revolutionary Solution Strategies: Assessment by Tools Like Dental Caries, Prostheses and Restorations in Primary Teeth

Sai Naga Madhuri Ambati, Kamakshi Kalla

Keywords : Awareness, Caries, Cross-sectional study, Dental neglect, Oral health, Oral neglect, Parents, Prevalence, Primary teeth

Citation Information : Ambati SN, Kalla K. Dental Neglect in Pediatric Population—A Critical Issue Necessitating Revolutionary Solution Strategies: Assessment by Tools Like Dental Caries, Prostheses and Restorations in Primary Teeth. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2023; 17 (3):85-89.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10062-0174

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 31-01-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Aim: Child dental neglect is a critical issue that often goes unreported. Compromised oral hygiene and recurrent oral diseases reduce quality of life and create a dread of the dentist in children. The aim of the study is to determine dental neglect in primary teeth of children, so as to increase awareness about the importance of oral health and primary dentition. Materials and methods: This was a cross-sectional survey conducted on a study sample of 3,324 children from 8 to 12 years. Intraoral camera was used to carry out the clinical examination by trained dental professionals. Data were compiled and analyzed. Results: Among 3,324 subjects, 945 (28.43%) children were found to have existing dental issues. Out of 1,622 male subjects, 479 (29.53%) were affected and among 1,702 female subjects, 466 (27.38%) were affected. Conclusion: Dental neglect is an alarming issue that needs to be recognized by healthcare professionals as well as parents. Given its high prevalence and detrimental effects, the necessity of awareness measures regarding primary teeth can be ascertained. Therefore, dental neglect should be further researched in larger population groups.

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