Prevention of malocclusion and the importance of early diagnosis in the Italian young population

Eur J Paediatr Dent. 2022 Sep;23(3):178-182. doi: 10.23804/ejpd.2022.23.03.02.


Aim: Malocclusion is an alteration of the normal relationships between skeletal, muscle and dental structures that can lead to impaired functionality as well as aesthetic alteration of the stomatognathic system. Functional alteration can affect various aspects, ranging from chewing ability to respiratory disorders. Paediatricians and dentists are called to prevent and diagnose these conditions as early as possible in order to preserve the patient's health. The purpose of this research is to study the incidence of malocclusion and its relationship with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) in a young population. Also, the role of paediatricians and dentists in prevention and early diagnosis of this condition was evaluated METHODS: An anonymous survey was given through Google form to 300 Italian children (139 males and 161 females) from different private dental practices in Italy. No personal information that identifies the individuals was collected, and the data was analysed in aggregate form only. All data was collected and statistically analysed.

Conclusion: The data highlight the patients' good attitude towards dental check-ups, which help to intercept malocclusions. Unlike the past, the knowledge of the importance of oral health and dental occlusion is high among young patients, parents and paediatricians. This study underlines the role of paediatricians as key players in the prevention of dental health problems.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Malocclusion* / epidemiology
  • Malocclusion* / prevention & control
  • Parents
  • Surveys and Questionnaires