Traumatic dental injuries in a sample of Dominican schoolchildren

Franklin Garcia-Godoy, R. Sanchez, J. R. Sanchez

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The purpose of this retrospective study was to analyze the prevalence of traumatic injuries to permanent incisors and canines, their distribution according to type, etiology, place of occurrence, and location of trauma, in a population sample of schoolchildren from the Dominican Republic, located in the Caribbean Archipelago. The sample consisted of 596 children aged 7-14 years enrolled in 21 public and private schools from the city of San Pedro de Macoris, in the southeastern part of the country. This sample represents 10.8% of the schoolchildren of the city. The prevalence of injuries was 18.1% (17.4% in boys and 18.8% in girls). The largest number of injuries was found in 14-year-old children followed by the 12-year-olds. Significantly, girls had a larger number of actual teeth injured than boys (P<0.05). The most common type of injury in both sexes was the enamel fracture (51.1%) followed by concussions (25.6%). Significantly, more girls suffered concussions than boys (P<0.05). The most common cause of injury in both sexes was falling against an object (60.0% in boys and 42.6% in girls). The most frequent place of occurrence of trauma, in both sexes, was at home (34.1%), followed by outside r231w1 =NeuAcα2→6Galβ1→4GlcNAcβ1→2Manα1→6(NeuAcα2→6Galβ 1→4GlcNAcβ1→2Manα (19.3%) and at school (12.5%). The teeth most commonly injured were the maxillary central incisors (63.9%). Girls presented significantly more mandibular lateral incisors injured than boys (P<0.02).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-197
Number of pages5
JournalCommunity Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981
Externally publishedYes

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Tooth Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Incisor
Tooth
Accidental Falls
Dominican Republic
Dental Enamel
Canidae
Retrospective Studies

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Traumatic dental injuries in a sample of Dominican schoolchildren. / Garcia-Godoy, Franklin; Sanchez, R.; Sanchez, J. R.

In: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, Vol. 9, No. 4, 01.01.1981, p. 193-197.

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