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Article: Volume 44 Number 2 Page 100 - February 2017

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  Dent Update 2017; 44: 100-106

Paediatric dentistry:  What’s New in Molar Incisor Hypomineralization?

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Abstract: Molar Incisor Hypomineralization (MIH) poses a significant challenge to clinicians worldwide. Since its description in 2001, extensive research has provided some insight into the condition, its aetiology, natural history and management. An appreciation of the unique clinical features and management considerations of MIH is essential to maximize patient outcomes. Early diagnosis is the first of several key steps in developing an appropriate management plan, which must account for short- and long-term needs of the patient. While traditional caries preventive approaches are important, more proactive restorative strategies may also be useful.

Clinical relevance: This review provides clinicians with an update of the recent literature and discusses the contemporary management of MIH.

Author notes: Mihiri J Silva, BDSc, MDSc, DCD, PhD Candidate, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children's Research Institute (mjsilva@student.unimelb.edu.au), Nicky Kilpatrick, BDS, PhD, FDS RCPS, FRACDS, Director, Cleft Services, Royal Children’s Hospital, Senior Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia, Felicity Crombie, BDSc, PhD Lecturer, Aghareed Ghanim, BDSc, MDSc, PhD Clinical Senior Fellow, Oral Health CRC and David Manton, BDSc, MDSc, PhD, FRACDS, FICD, FADI, Elsdon Storey Chair of Child Dental Health, Oral Health CRC, Melbourne Dental School, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

Objective: To describe the key features of MIH and its management.