Self evaluation of dental appearance satisfaction among children aged 13–17 years attending government schools in Peshawar
Background: Dental appearance satisfaction is important among teenagers because decision concerning the personal characteristics of individuals is influenced by their dental appearance in the absence of other information. Objective of this study was to determine the self-evaluated dental appearance satisfaction among young adolescence. Methods: This questionnaire based descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted from October 2019 to January 2020 in 13–17 years old government high school going children in District Peshawar. Children with history of jaw trauma, and those receiving or had received orthodontic treatment were excluded. Data was analysed using SPSS-22. Mean±SD, frequencies, and percentages were calculated. Chi-square and t-tests were applied as per requirement of data, and p≤0.05 was considered as significant. Results: A total of 850 subjects, 600 (70%) males and 250 (30%) females were included in the study. Mean age of the participants was 15±1.37 years. Total 600 (70.5%) students had good psychological well-being regarding their dental appearance, 177 (20.8%) had satisfactory, and 73 (8.6%) had poor psychological well-being regarding their dental appearance. Conclusion: More than half of the subjects expressed pleasure with their dental appearance and male students were more satisfied than female students.
Pak J Physiol 2020;16(2):56−8
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