Reasons for exodontia in rural Nigerian children.
To investigate the reasons for exodontia in children attending a general dental practice in Uselu, Edo State.
MATERIAL AND METHODS
All pediatric patients that had extraction between January 2006 and December 2008 in a general dental practice in Uselu were recruited for this prospective survey. The data collected include age, sex, reason for extraction and tooth extracted.
A total of 756 extractions were done during the survey period. Female constituted 57.4% of treated patients. Caries was the most frequently reason for childhood exodontia (82%). The deciduous teeth were mostly extracted (66.1%) than permanent teeth (33.9%). Deciduous molar accounted for 42.6% of all exodontia in children. Mandibular teeth were more frequently extracted (60%) than maxillary teeth (40%). Exodontia was also more on the right side of the mouth and lower right quadrant
This survey highlights the need for extensive prevention programs targeted at rural children with high caries risk.
Dpt. Periodontics, University of Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria.
SourceOdonto-stomatologie tropicale = Tropical dental journal 33:132 2010 Dec pg 19-24
Gingivitis, Necrotizing Ulcerative
Pub Type(s)Journal Article