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Research on Oral Health of Orang Asli in Malaysia

Research in Orang Asli and other indigenous population is organised to obtain information on the oral health (OH), oral health practices, oral health related quality of life (QoL), occlusal traits and also genomic makeup of the Malaysian aborigines. Early available information suggests that they still retain the original make up of the oral tissues development. However, over past decades environment influences may erode their physical make-up and create problems.  Poor oral health, particularly due to dental diseases potentially leading to pain, tooth loss, difficulties with eating, problem with speech, infections and lowered their self-esteem. All these consequences imposed physical and psychosocial impact to their daily activities (Quality of Life). For the government, poor OH can affect provision of oral health services, treatment programmes, quality of services and their compliance.

Oral Health of the Pribumi Research Group is one of the research clusters at the Faculty of Dentistry. The objectives are to identify the prevalence of oral diseases and practices; their impact on OH related quality of life, the occlusal trait patterns, their genomic profile in relationship to diseases particularly oral diseases and the specific prevention and promotive approaches appropriate for the target community.

The sub-clusters are:
1.A study on the oral health status, oral health related quality of life of the indigenous population
2.A study on malocclusion and occlusal traits of the Malaysian Indigenous.
3.A study on the origin of the Malaysian Indigenous population through teeth differentiation, craniofacial anthropometry and morphometrics
4.Design and development of a prototype for an automated human face recognition and identification.
5.Health promotion: smart partnership oral health training program for indigenous community workers.
6.Genetics polymorphisms and its’ association with ethnic, gender and habitat variation in developing oral cancer among Malaysian Pribumi population

Dentition of the Orang Asli

Clinical Examination and Anthropometry measurement

Impression taking and interviewing session

For more information on the research, Please contact: DR. NOR HIMAZIAN BINTI MOHAMED
Last Update: June 08, 2009