Journal article

Molar-incisor hypomineralisation: prevalence and defect characteristics in Iraqi children

Aghareed Ghanim, Michael Morgan, Rodrigo Marino, Denise Bailey, David Manton

International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry | WILEY | Published : 2011


BACKGROUND.  Little prevalence data relating to molar incisor hypomineralisation (MIH) exist for Middle East populations. AIM.  To evaluate the prevalence and the clinical features of MIH in school-aged children residing in Mosul City, Iraq. DESIGN.  A cluster sample of 823 7- to 9-year-old children had their first permanent molars and incisors (index teeth) evaluated using the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) criteria for MIH. The examinations were conducted at schools by a calibrated examiner. RESULTS.  Of the children examined, 177 (21.5%) had hypomineralisation defects in at least one index tooth, 153 (18.6%) had at least one affected first molar or first molars and inciso..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank the children and their parents for permitting their children to participate in the study and also acknowledge the schools principals for their support in carrying out this study. Special thanks to Professor Tahani Alsandook (The Dean of Mosul Dental College) and Dr Ali Alnuaimi for their support and assistance when collecting data. The support of the Cooperative Research Centre for Oral Health, the University of Melbourne and the Education Department of the Neinavha Governorate is acknowledged with gratitude.