Acta Scientific Dental Sciences (ASDS)(ISSN: 2581-4893)

Research Article Volume 6 Issue 3

Awareness About Malocclusion Among Rural Adolescents and Young Adult Population - A Questionnaire Study

Aishwarya Sathyanarayanan*

Department of Dental Surgery, India

*Corresponding Author: Aishwarya Sathyanarayanan, Department of Dental Surgery, India.

Received: July 09, 2021; Published: March 15, 2022


Background: Malocclusion is a common phenomenon observed in this generation. Seeking treatment for malocclusion is entirely a independent decision of the individual. The effect caused by it on the daily life of the individual. These effects might seem insignificant individually but when added together cause a cumulative effect on the day to day life. Knowledge regarding the effects of malocclusion is necessary to find the internal motivation needed to seek and pursue orthodontic treatment.

Aim: The aim of the study is to analyse the level of awareness regarding the effects of malocclusion among rural adolescents and young adults.

Materials and Methods: A questionnaire containing 15 questions was prepared. The survey was conducted among the adolescents and young adults with malocclusion of the rural areas of Madurai district, Tamilnadu. A total of 139 responses were collected.

Results: Out of the 139 responses, about 44.8% of the participants were not awareness of the correlation between the association between malocclusion and problems with gingival bleeding, masticatory issues, halitosis, speech impairment, food lodgement and trauma. About 47.8% of individuals are affected psycho - socially due to the presence of malocclusion.

Conclusion: It is evident from the study that rural adolescents and young adults are aware of the presence of malocclusion and to some extent the effects of it on daily life. But the awareness regarding the early treatment options are not present. The reason behind not seeking treatment is also discussed.

Keywords: Malocclusion; Rural Adolescents and Young Adults; Psycho-Social Impact of Malocclusion


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Citation: Aishwarya Sathyanarayanan. “Awareness About Malocclusion Among Rural Adolescents and Young Adult Population - A Questionnaire Study". Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 6.3 (2022): 37-41.


Copyright: © 2022 Aishwarya Sathyanarayanan. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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