Esthetic perception and psychosocial impact of developmental enamel defects among Malaysian adolescents.

Sharol Lail Sujak, Rahimah Abdul Kadir, Tuti Ningseh Mohd Dom

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The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and psychosocial impact of enamel defects among 16-year-old school children on the island of Penang. The data were collected through a self-administered questionnaire survey and an oral examination, using the Modified Developmental Defects of Enamel Index (FDI, 1992). In all, 1024 subjects were selected using a multistage random sampling technique. About two-thirds of the sample (67.1%) had at least one tooth affected by enamel defects. Enamel opacities accounted for 85.6% of the total condition. Diffuse-type opacity predominated (63.5%). Among subjects who expressed dissatisfaction, 18.8% reported covering their mouths when smiling, 8.7% avoided going out with friends and 39.1% had consulted their dentists. About 17% of the subjects reported that their parents had complained about the color of their front teeth but only 5.7% had experienced being teased by their friends about the problem. Two-thirds of the subjects were affected by enamel defects involving at least one tooth; however, the esthetic perception and psychosocial impact of those affected were minor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-226
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of oral science
Volume46
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Esthetic perception and psychosocial impact of developmental enamel defects among Malaysian adolescents. / Sujak, Sharol Lail; Abdul Kadir, Rahimah; Mohd Dom, Tuti Ningseh.

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