European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 141–143 | Cite as

Prevalence of Dental Trauma in Children Aged 1–3 Years in Joao Pessoa (Brazil)

  • E. M. Beltrão
  • A. Leite CavalcantiEmail author
  • S. S. L. Albuquerque
  • R. C. Duarte


Aim: This was to determine the prevalence and distribution of traumatic injuries to primary anterior teeth in children from 1 to 3 years-old. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out through clinical examination of the primary dentitions of pre-school children enrolled in public nursery schools in Joao Pessoa (Brazil). A total of 293 boys and girls participated in the study. The children were clinically examined for signs of trauma according to Andreasen’s classification [1994.] Results: Traumatic injuries were identified in 10.2 % of children. The largest percentage of injuries was demonstrated by 2–3 years-old, with no significant difference between boys and girls. The most common type of injury was enamel fracture and enamel-dentine fracture. The maxillary central incisor was the most vulnerable to injury, without differences between the right and left side. Statistics: The data were entered in the SPSS program, and the chi square test was used with a 5% significance level. Conclusion: The primary dentition was most affected by fracture of enamel, especially the maxillary central incisor teeth, in patients between 2 and 3 years of age. There is a need of providing adequate preventive and treatment care for preschool children.

Key words

Pediatric dentistry epidemiology tooth injuries primary dentition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. M. Beltrão
    • 1
  • A. Leite Cavalcanti
    • 2
    Email author
  • S. S. L. Albuquerque
    • 1
  • R. C. Duarte
    • 1
  1. 1.Depts. of Paediatric DentistryFederal University of ParaibaParaibaBrazil
  2. 2.Depts. of Paediatric DentistryState University of ParaibaParaibaBrazil

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