Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003132
Title: Knowledge, awareness, and perception on the status of malocclusion among adolescents in rural area (Thiruvallur)
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: The aim of this survey is to check the knowledge and awareness on the status of malocclusion among adolescents in Thiruvallur district. Introduction: Malocclusion is defined as the deviation from normal occlusion (i.e., the relationship of the upper teeth to lower teeth where the jaws are clenched and the highest parts on the occlusal surface of the upper teeth are resting on the lowest parts on the occlusal surface of the lower teeth and vice versa). Malocclusion is one of the most common oral problems, together with dental caries, gingival disease, and fluorosis. Well-aligned teeth not only contribute to the health of the oral cavity and stomatognathic system but also influence the personality of the individual. Malocclusion compromises the health of oral tissues and also can lead to psychological and social problems. The aim of this survey is to check the knowledge and awareness on the status of malocclusion among adolescents in Thiruvallur district of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India. Materials and Methods: A total of 70 people from age 12 to 18 were included in this survey. The survey was done using a website called www.surveyplanet.com. Adolescents were selected randomly in Mahalakshmi Nagar in Thiruvallur district. The link for the survey was sent on a digital platform. The survey consisted of 14 questions. The collective data were then reprieved. Results: The survey was filled by 31 males and 38 females. 29.4% were in the age group of 17, 22.1% were 13, 14.7% were 10, 13.2% were 12, 10.3% were 15, and 10.3% were 16 years old. 43.5% were satisfied with the appearance of their teeth, 52.9% were satisfied with the arrangement of their teeth, and 61.4% were confident about their smile. Only 38.6% were aware of malocclusion. 31.5% guessed the ill effect of malocclusion to be accidental biting of tongue and cheek. Only 18.9% of the people guessed the possibility of relationship of malocclusion and dental caries. 49.3% had difficulties to maintain oral hygiene due to malocclusion. Finally, 51.5% of the people wanted to get their malocclusion corrected after knowing the ill effects of it. Discussion: It appears that there is less awareness of malocclusion among adolescents in Thiruvallur district. Another thing to be noticed is that malocclusion is not taken as a serious health concern as only half the population wanted to get it treated even after knowing the ill effects of it. This can be due to poverty, low awareness about the severity of health impairment caused by malocclusion, etc. More awareness should be created of the types of occlusion and the ill effects of malocclusion if not corrected.

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    Prabhav Kumar Iyer1 , Suresh Venugopalan2 , Vinothkumar Sengottaiyan2 , Dhanraj Ganapathy2 *

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    1 Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Dhanraj Ganapathy, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India

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    Prabhav Kumar Iyer1 , Suresh Venugopalan2 , Vinothkumar Sengottaiyan2 , Dhanraj Ganapathy2 *

    Title:Knowledge, awareness, and perception on the status of malocclusion among adolescents in rural area (Thiruvallur)
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (February)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (329-333)
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    Methodology:nowledge, awareness, and perception
    Research Materials:70 people from age 12 to 18

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Malocclusion awareness knowledge rural areas

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