AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE REGARDING MALOCCLUSION AMONG YOUNG ADULTS- A QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2021, Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 336-345
AbstractIntroduction: Malocclusion is commonly seen dental anomaly. Awareness regarding malocclusion among youth forms basis for oral health status planning.
Objectives:To assess awareness and knowledge regarding malocclusion among young adults.
Materials & Methods:The present study was conducted among 580 subjects age ranged 17-22 years of both genders. All subjects were thoroughly examined by a single orthodontic surgeon. Subjects were instructed to respond to the questionnaire which was given in their language.
Results:Out of 580 subjects, males comprised of 310 (53.4%) and females 270 (46.6%). 408 (70.3%) knew that beautiful smile adds to personality, 152 (26.3%) had no idea and 20 (3.4%) replied no. 435 (75%) were confident about their smile, 23 (3.9%) were not and 122 (21.2%) do not know. 255 (43.9%) were confident about their teeth, 300 (51.7%) were not and 25 (4.3%) do not know. 150 (25.8%) thought that crowded teeth can affect speech, 256 (44.1%) replied chewing and 174 (30%) replied esthetics. 290 (50%) replied that crowded teeth can cause gum problems, 180 (31%) replied cavity and 110 (18.9%) replied pain. There was lack of knowledge regarding braces and most of them never visited dentist.
Conclusion:Authors found that there was lack of awareness among adults regarding orthodontic need. There was lack of satisfaction level regarding the appearance of teeth.
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