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Traumatic Injuries of Permanent Teeth Among 6- to 12-year-old Iraqi Children: A 4-year Retrospective Study

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Purpose: The purpose of this retrospective study was to identify the types, causes, and other factors associated with traumatic dental injuries (TDIs) in the permanent teeth of children in Mosul, Iraq.

Methods: Data were collected from the dental records of 6- to 12-year-old children with TDIs who attended the Pediatric Dental Clinic at the Mosul University School of Dentistry between October 2006 and October 2010. The gathered data included: demographic information, when and where the injury occurred, type of dental injury, cause of injury, and the time elapsed between the TDI and dental care. Data were evaluated using the chi-square test.

Results: A total of 294 children with TDIs were examined and treated. The highest frequency of TDIs was among 12-year-old children (29%), with more males being affected (P<.001). The most common type of injury was enamel-dentin fracture (56%). The most frequent cause of TDIs was falls (53%). The majority of the injuries happened outdoors (55%), and 37% of the cases occurred in the Fall. Only 5% of patients sought dental care within 24 hours of the injury.

Conclusion: This 4-year retrospective study showed that the majority of children with TDIs sought dental treatment after one month of the injury. Educating parents and teachers about the benefits of trauma prevention and immediate treatment of injuries is a must.
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Keywords: ENDODONTICS; PUBLIC HEALTH/EPIDEMIOLOGY; PULP THERAPY; TRAUMA

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, and Preventive Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Mosul University, Mosul, Iraq 2: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Ind 3: Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Ind

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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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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