Assessment of orthodontic treatment needs of Iraqi Kurdish teenagers using the Dental Aesthetic Index
AbstractThis oral health survey aimed to determine the orthodontic treatment needs of teenagers in Sulaimaniya, Iraq. A clinical examination was made of a random sample of 998 Kurdish schoolchildren aged 13 years. Dental Aesthetic Index [DAI] scores ranged from 13 to 65, with a mean of 25.4 [SD 9.2]. From these scores, treatment needs were assessed as: no or slight need 58.6%, elective 18.5%, highly desirable 12.5% and mandatory [handicapping malocclusion] 10.3%. Highly desirable or mandatory treatment need [DAI >/= 31] was found in equal proportions of males [23.2%] and females [22.6%], but in more rural [25.1%] than urban [20.6%] residents
Al Huwaizi, A.F. & Ali Rasheed, T. (2009). Assessment of orthodontic treatment needs of Iraqi Kurdish teenagers using the Dental Aesthetic Index. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117796
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 15 (6), 1535-1541, 2009
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