Activities related to the occurrence of traumatic dental injuries in 15- to 18-year-olds

Huang, Boyen, Marcenes, Wagner, Croucher, Ray, and Hector, Mark (2009) Activities related to the occurrence of traumatic dental injuries in 15- to 18-year-olds. Dental Traumatology, 25 (1). pp. 64-68.

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Abstract

Objective:  To assess the activities related to the occurrence of traumatic dental injuries (TDI) in order to establish the relationship between gender, socio-economic status (SES) and major TDI related events, using classification and examination procedures suitable for epidemiological purposes, in a sample of 15- to 18-year-old students in Taiwan.

Methods:  A random sample of 6312 15- to 18-year-old senior high school students in southern Taiwan was selected. Each was examined with standard clinical procedures and a questionnaire.

Results:  The prevalence of TDI was 19.9%. The major TDI related events included sports and leisure activities (30.8%), eating (20.5%), falls (19.4%), traffic accidents (10.2%) and collisions (7.1%). Within TDI victims, sports and leisure related TDI were more prevalent among males (P = 0.001, OR = 1.640, 95% CI = 1.225, 2.195) and high SES adolescents (P = 0.014, OR = 1.991, 95% CI = 1.149, 3.449). The occurrence of non-accidental TDI was not related to age, gender and SES (P ≥ 0.643).

Conclusion:  Traumatic dental injuries have become an important issue in public health and dentistry. Prevention and treatment of TDI should be emphasised to the public, the health professional and the policy maker. Future investigations into the relationship between TDI related events and their determinants are indicated.

Item ID: 23402
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1600-9657
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2012 05:00
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1105 Dentistry > 110507 Paedodontics @ 30%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1105 Dentistry > 110504 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery @ 30%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 30%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920402 Dental Health @ 30%
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