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SALAS, Mabel Miluska Suca et al. Non-fluorotic enamel defects in children: clinical and epidemiological aspects. RFO UPF [online]. 2016, vol.21, n.2, pp. 251-259. ISSN 1413-4012.

Objective: The present review analyzed the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of enamel development in children with permanent and primary dentition. Literature review: Non-fluorotic developmental enamel defects are flaws produced in the internal structure of enamel during its development. Developmental enamel defects may be found in both dentitions with prevalence ranging from 23.9% to 90.4% in primary dentition and 52% to 92.1% in permanent dentition. These enamel disorders may be associated with several factors related to children and maternal characteristics. The presence of developmental enamel defects may be an indication of previous pathological events. Depending on the severity, these defects may predispose teeth to other dental problems such as caries or tooth wear. If the defect is severe, esthetic dental problems, and consequently, psychological problems may interfere with the quality of life of children. Severe defects may lead to the search for more invasive esthetic treatments, promoting early dental structure loss. Final considerations: The knowledge of the etiology and clinical characteristics of developmental enamel defects is indispensable for the formulation of an adequate treatment plan.

Palavras-chave : Developmental enamel defects.; Primary dentition.; Permanent dentition.; Associated factors..

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