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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-19

Assessment of the correlationship of self-perception of dental appearance, smile, and willingness to undergo treatment among school children with dental esthetic index at Thiruchengode

Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Affliated to Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India

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K Preethi
D/o Mr. R. Kumaragurubaran, “Saraswathi Illam,” No: 138, LGB Nagar Main Road, Karur - 639 002, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiadsr.jiadsr_35_17

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Aim: The aim of the survey was to assess the correlation of DAI with self-perception of smile, self-assessment of dental appearance and desire to uptake treatment. Methods: 400 school children aged 12-15 years from Thiruchengode were clinically examined using DAI. Subjective assessment of their smile and dental appearance and desire of treatment uptake were elicited by 10-point questionnaire. Correlation of clinical assessment and variables of subjective assessment were analyzed using Chi square test and Kappa statistics. Results: A statistically significant correlation was present between DAI and self-perception of dental appearance and also between DAI and their dental appearance when compared with the peer group. DAI score presented only 4.8% of children needed mandatory treatment. Distribution of children dissatisfaction of dental appearance was significant and no significant relation on willingness to uptake treatment. Conclusion: A wide range of school children perceived dissatisfaction of their appearance but their desire to uptake the orthodontic treatment was not significant.

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