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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 49-51

Assessing the knowledge of dental practitioners on development of occlusion and eruption patterns

1 MDS (Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics), private practice, Saudi Arabia
2 MDS (Orthodontics), Private practice, Kochi, Kerala, India
3 MDS (Orthodotnics), Private practice, Dubai
4 Private practise, Calicut, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jafer Salih Mohammed
MDS (Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics), private practice.
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_17_21

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Background: An ideal occlusion is the perfect interdigitation of the upper and lower teeth. The emergence of the primary dentition is a valuable time for the development of oral motor behavior and the acquisition of masticator skills. The clinician needs to be able to predict the influence that different treatment options will have on the occlusion and dentition when the child’s development is complete. Aim: The aim of this study is to assess the knowledge among dentists treating patients about the development of occlusion and eruption patterns in children, which is helpful in orthodontic referrals. Materials and Methods: A closed-ended questionnaire comprising 15 questions based on eruption sequence, pattern, and occlusion was given to 500 dental practitioners. Data were analyzed by computing the percentage response for each question. Results: The results show that 96% were aware of the Broadbent phenomenon/ugly duckling stage. About 72% knew about the sequence of eruption of primary teeth. Conclusion: This study concludes that most of the dental practitioners treating patients are aware of the development of occlusion and eruption patterns.

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