Evaluation of Adult Level of Knowledge, Awareness of Malocclusion and Barriers to Uptake Orthodontic Care Among Patients

1Dr. Swati Arora, Dr.Shreya Buvariya, Dr.Karthiga Mohankumar, Dr. Jageer Chhina, Ibrahim Hawaii, Dr.Akshata Rodagi


Malocclusion is the most common dental health problem encountered worldwide. It is defined as discrepancy in position of maxillary and mandibular arches with characterized anomaly in position of tooth, form and number. The present study was conducted to assess adult level of knowledge and awareness of malocclusion and barriers to uptake orthodontic care among patients. The present study comprised of 470 subjects of both genders in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. A questionnaire was prepared which comprised of question pertaining to oral, dental habits, parafunctional habits etc. was recorded. Out of 470 subjects, males were 240 and females were 230. 65% replied that gingivitis (Gum problems) may result from malocclusion, 20% not and 15% replied don’t know. 75% thought that it is difficult to brush teeth with malocclusion, 15% replied no and 10% replied don’t know. Barriers of orthodontic care were cost in 54%, repeated dental visits in 20%, long term treatment in 10%, requirement of good oral hygeine maintenance in 6% of cases, accessibility in 7% and post operative pain in 5%. Authors found that subjects had knowledge and awareness regarding orthodontic care. Major barriers to orthodontic treatment found to be cost, repeated dental visits, long term treatment, requirement of good oral hygeine maintenance, accessibility and post operative pain.


Awareness, Knowledge, orthodontic treatment

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