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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 76-80

A fatal case of infant oral mutilation practice

1 Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
2 Department of Surgery and Anesthesiology, Maseno University, Kisumu, Kenya

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Dr. Arthur Musakulu Kemoli
Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box: 34848 00100, Nairobi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ccd.ccd_319_20

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Infant oral mutilation (IOM) is a traditional dental practice where traditional healers enucleate primary canine tooth buds in children in the hope of preventing or curing childhood illness. The method applied is heinous, painful, and carried out in unsterile environment, and this increases the morbidity and mortality of children from the communities where IOM is rife. The case report described here arose from a village, where an infant with a medical issue ended up in the hands of a local traditional healer who enucleated her four primary canine tooth buds. The traditional treatment resulted in the fatality of the child in <24 h of the procedure, a testimony that some traditional therapeutic procedures have no place in managing common childhood illnesses.

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