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In Vivo Evaluation of the Color of Anterior Primary Teeth

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the color of anterior primary teeth.

Methods: A total of 449 teeth (including central and lateral incisors) belonging to 78 3- to 6-year-olds were evaluated. A spectroscope was used to determine tooth color. Each tooth's overall shade and the respective shades in the cervical, middle, and incisal thirds were measured, and data collected was subjected to statistical analysis.

Results: D2 was found to be the most common shade of primary teeth. Comparing B1, D2, and C1 shades using a chi-square test showed statistically significant (P<.001) differences among children.

Conclusions: D2 was the most common shade of primary anterior teeth in children.
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Keywords: ANTERIOR PRIMARY TEETH; COLOR OF PRIMARY TEETH; ESTHETICS; SPECTROSCOPE

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: Department of Orthodontics, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, India. [email protected] 2: Department of Periodontology, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, India 3: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Chennai

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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