Hypomineralized Second Primary Molars as Predictor of Molar Incisor Hypomineralization

Sci Rep. 2016 Aug 25;6:31929. doi: 10.1038/srep31929.


Molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH) is a developmental defect of dental enamel that shares features with hypomineralized second primary molars (HSPM). Prior to permanent tooth eruption, second primary molars could have predictive value for permanent molar and incisor hypomineralization. To assess this possible relationship, a cross-sectional study was conducted in a sample of 414 children aged 8 and 9 years from the INMA cohort in Valencia (Spain). A calibrated examiner (linear-weighted Kappa 0.83) performed the intraoral examinations at the University of Valencia between November 2013 and 2014, applying the diagnostic criteria for MIH and HSPM adopted by the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry. 100 children (24.2%) presented MIH and 60 (14.5%) presented HSPM. Co-occurrence of the two defects was observed in 11.1% of the children examined. The positive predictive value was 76.7% (63.9-86.6) and the negative predictive value 84.7% (80.6-88.3). The positive likelihood ratio (S/1-E) was 10.3 (5.9-17.9) and the negative likelihood ratio (1-S/E) 0.57 (0.47-0.68). The odds ratio was 18.2 (9.39-35.48). It was concluded that while the presence of HSPM can be considered a predictor of MIH, indicating the need for monitoring and control, the absence of this defect in primary dentition does not rule out the appearance of MIH.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dental Enamel Hypoplasia / diagnosis*
  • Dental Enamel Hypoplasia / epidemiology
  • Dental Enamel Hypoplasia / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incisor / metabolism*
  • Incisor / pathology
  • Male
  • Molar / metabolism*
  • Molar / pathology
  • Odds Ratio
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prevalence
  • Severity of Illness Index