Objective: To analyse the relationship between malocclusion and caries in adolescents. Methods: Published articles were searched from 6 electrical databases. 2 reviewers screened the articles, extracted the data and analyzed the bias of each data in dependently. Meta analysis was performed for the reported mean decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT), dental aesthetic index (DAI) and prevalence of malocclusion. Results: A total of 2 908 articles were found and 16 of them were qualified for the study. A- mong them, 4 cross sectional studies were included for systematic review. Only 1 of the 4 articles reported there was no statistical sig nificance between the malocclusion and caries. Further Meta analysis indicated that except for the subjects with DAI=26 - 30 vs. DAI=31 - 35 , lower DAI meant lower DMFT index. Conclusions: Present studies indicate that malocclusion is related with caries in adolescents.
Journal of Practical Stomatology