Background: Malocclusion is one of the public health problem which effects growth and development of a child. Malocclusion can lead to dissatisfaction in esthetical appearance which can have a negative impact on child’s social life. Aim: The purpose of this clinical study was to assess the frequency of occurrence of malocclusion among paediatric population. Material and Method: A total of 400 samples were selected for the present study. Clinical examination was made according to the Dental Aesthetic Index. Patients were examined for spacing, crowding, open bite, deep bite, midline diastema etc. Result: A total of 400 patients were included 32.5% were males and 67.5% were females. Majority of children with malocclusion were aged between 10 to 12 years (37.5%). Crowding was the most common malocclusion observed. Conclusion: malocclusion is very common in children aged between 7 to 15 years. Early diagnosis can help to minimize the adverse effect of treatment by providing appropriate treatment.
Key words: Malocclusion, prevalence, children, aesthetic appearance.