Malocclusions in children and adolescents from villages and native communities in the ucayali amazon region in peru

Arón Aliaga Del Castillo, Manuel Antonio Mattos-Vela, Rosalinda Aliaga Del Castillo, Claudia Del Castillo-Mendoza

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Abstract

We conducted a cross-sectional descriptive study to assess the prevalence of malocclusions in children and adolescents aged 2 to 18 years of villages and native communities of the Ucayali jungle of Peru. We assessed the presence of malocclusions using Angle's classifcation and orthodontic changes. We evaluated 201 individuals, 106 (52.7%) were women, most of them (54.7%) had between 6 and 12 years. The prevalence of malocclusions was 85.6%, the most prevalent according to Angle's classifcation was class I (59.6%). Orthodontic alterations were present in 67.2% of cases. The most frequent were dental crowding (28.4%), anterior crossbite (17.4%), exaggerated overjet (8.5%), excessive overbite (5.0%) and anterior open bite (5.0%). We found a high prevalence of malocclusion and orthodontic changes in the evaluated native communities, highlighting the need to implement preventive programs to improve the oral health of these negleted populations.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica
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StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011

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