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Master of Science in Dentistry



First Advisor

Patrice Wunsch

Second Advisor

Caroline Carrico

Third Advisor

William Dahlke


Purpose: The purpose of this cross-sectional, survey-based study is to determine current US pediatric dentists’ knowledge, perceptions, and clinical management strategies for patients with molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH).

Methods: Following appropriate protocol and authorizations, all active pediatric dentists, general dentists, and post-doctoral student members identified by the 2020 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s membership list were invited to partake in an anonymous email survey. Data regarding participants sociodemographic, education, and clinical backgrounds were collected in addition to information obtained from MIH-focused questions. Descriptive statistics and chi-square tests were used to compare and analyze data. A significance level was set at 0.05.

Results: A total of 594 out of 6623 responses were received (9%). Almost all participants have encountered MIH (98%). Majority (66%) reported a prevalence rate of

Conclusion: MIH is a well-recognized dental condition by U.S. pediatric dentists. Discrepancies and challenges identified in treatment interventions and management strategies, paired with low confidence levels regarding treatment necessitate the need for continued research and subsequent training of dental practitioners involving MIH.


© Courtney Tremmel Brashier, DDS

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