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Title: Reasons for exodontia in rural Nigerian children
Authors: AZODO, C. C.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Odontostomatol Trop
Series/Report no.: 33;122
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To investigate the reasons for exodontia in children attending a general dental practice in Uselu, Edo State. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All pediatric patients that had extraction between January 2006 and December 2008 in a general dental practice in Uselu were recruited for this prospective survey. The data collected include age, sex, reason for extraction and tooth extracted. RESULTS: A total of 756 extractions were done during the survey period. Female constituted 57.4% of treated patients. Caries was the most frequently reason for childhood exodontia (82%). The deciduous teeth were mostly extracted (66.1%) than permanent teeth (33.9%). Deciduous molar accounted for 42.6% of all exodontia in children. Mandibular teeth were more frequently extracted (60%) than maxillary teeth (40%). Exodontia was also more on the right side of the mouth and lower right quadrant CONCLUSION: This survey highlights the need for extensive prevention programs targeted at rural children with high caries risk.
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