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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-9

Training-related maxillofacial injuries in Cameroon military

1 Department of Community Oral Health, Faculty of Dentistry, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Dentistry, Université des Montagnes, Baganté, Nigeria
2 Department of Dentistry, St. Louis University Institute, Bamenda, Cameroon
3 Department of Periodontics, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
4 Department of Surgery, Military Hospital, Koutaba, Cameroon
5 Department of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde, Yaounde, Cameroon

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Clement Chinedu Azodo
Department of Periodontics, Prof. A. O. Ejide Dental Complex, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, P. M. B. 1111, Ugbowo, Benin City, Edo State 300001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0976-433X.176484

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Background: Training-related injuries constitute a major health problem among military worldwide. The objective of the study was to assess military training-related maxillofacial injuries in Cameroon. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 300 participants aged 19–60 years in Koutaba training camp in the Western region (Noun division) between May and July 2014. Data were collected using both clinical examination and questionnaires. Results: Data revealed a high risk of military training-related maxillofacial injuries. Males and young participants were the most implicated population. The main causes of the maxillofacial injuries were parachuting followed by high jump and road traffic accidents. Most of those maxillofacial injuries were not handled at the training camp because of the absence of dental service. The most common maxillofacial injuries were lacerations (36.7%), followed by the fracture of the teeth (21.7%) and fracture of the lower jaw (20.0%). The majority (76.0%) of the injured respondents felt personal disturbances; mostly for those with maxillofacial injuries from pain and emotional distress. In addition, they said it impaired esthetics, impaired mastication, and disturb speech to those with missing teeth. Conclusion: Overall training.-related injuries and training.-related maxillofacial injuries constitute a major health problem in military service in Cameroon that needs a success.-oriented preventive strategy.

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