infant oral mutilation

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The cultural practice involving the removal of an infant's healthy primary (deciduous) teeth, normally by traditional healers operating in rural communities. It is prevalent in many parts of Africa. It often leads to malformation of the underlying permanent dentition and can result in life-threatening infections.

http://www.dentaid.org/whatwedo/infantoralmutilationprogs Dentaid web pages on IOM in Africa.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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