alexa Molar Incisor Hypomineralization in Children: A Review
ISSN: 2332-0702

Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health
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Molar Incisor Hypomineralization in Children: A Review of Literature

Omar Abd El Sadek El Meligy1*, Sumer Medani Alaki2 and Sulaiman Mohamed Allazzam3

1Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia and Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Alexandria University, Egypt

2Associate Professor and Consultant of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

3General Practitioner Dentist at Security Forces Dental Center, Qassim, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author:
Omar Abd El Sadek El Meligy
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University
P.O.Box: 80209, Jeddah 21589
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel: 00966557521584
Fax: 0126403316
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: April 19, 2014; Accepted Date: May 26, 2014; Published Date: June 05, 2014

Citation: Meligy OAESE, Alaki SM, Allazzam SM (2014) Molar Incisor Hypomineralization in Children: A Review of Literature. J Oral Hyg Health 2:139. doi: 10.4172/2332-0702.1000139

Copyright: © 2014 Meligy OAESE, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH), which refers to the clinical picture of hypomineralization of systemic origin affecting one or more first permanent molars (FPMs), frequently in association with affected incisors, is one of the major developmental defects of dental enamel. While this condition is of interest to clinical practitioners worldwide, there is little information regarding its prevalence and etiology, especially in the Middle East. The purpose of this review was to describe the prevalence and possible etiological factors of molar incisor hypomineralization in children. About 252 articles were reviewed as well as some references of selected articles. Twenty-six recent studies described the prevalence and possible etiological factors of molar incisor hypomineralization in children. The prevalence of MIH appears to be increasing and was associated with health problems during early childhood, including asthma, adenoid infection, tonsillitis, fevers, and antibiotic intake. Although the etiology may be multifactorial, children born preterm and those with poor general health or systemic conditions in their early life may develop MIH.


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