Background: Dental exposure has been known to be a stimulating factor for orthodontic awareness and treatment. In spite of the paucity, students in higher institutions of learning would have had some level of exposure, and this is what we intend to assess. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted among selected higher institutions students in Owerri, Imo state, Nigeria. It is a 12-question questionnaire that was structured into three sections using general dental awareness as a prelude to questions on orthodontic awareness. It was then distributed among the respondents and the results was collected and statistically analyzed using Microsoft excel. Results: The females know about orthodontic braces than the males, unlike dental visits where they both tend to have the same. Generally, the awareness of malocclusion and the awareness of the treatment of malocclusion was generally poor, asides two questions which larger percentage (above 70%) of the respondents claim to know. The result was statistically significant with p<0.00001. Conclusion: We concluded that the students are not adequately aware of malocclusion and its treatment. Hence, the significance of this study would help healthcare analyst and oral healthcare professionals in educating the populace, including higher institution students.
Awareness, Malocclusion, Orthodontic treatment
Chukwuebuka David Iroanya , Leonard Nnamdi Meruo "Awareness of Orthodontic Treatment in The Management of Malocclusion Amongst Selected Higher Institution Students in Imo State, Nigeria." Iconic Research And Engineering Journals Volume 6 Issue 2 2022 Page 84-89
Chukwuebuka David Iroanya , Leonard Nnamdi Meruo "Awareness of Orthodontic Treatment in The Management of Malocclusion Amongst Selected Higher Institution Students in Imo State, Nigeria." Iconic Research And Engineering Journals, 6(2)