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Vol. 46, No. 2, 2012
Issue release date: April 2012
Section title: Original Paper
Caries Res 2012;46:102–106
(DOI:10.1159/000336387)

Untreated Cavitated Dentine Lesions: Impact on Children’s Quality of Life

Leal S.C.a · Bronkhorst E.M.b · Fan M.d · Frencken J.E.c
aDepartment of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Brasília, Asa Norte, Brazil; bDepartment of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry and cDepartment of Global Oral Health, College of Dental Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; dWuhan University, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan, China

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 10/11/2011 11:04:02 AM
Accepted: 12/21/2011 7:24:55 PM
Published online: 3/6/2012
Issue release date: April 2012

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0008-6568 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-976X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/CRE

Abstract

The aim of the present investigation was to assess the impact of dental caries prevalence and the consequences of untreated cavitated dentine lesions on quality of life of 6- and 7-year-old Brazilian children. A total of 826 schoolchildren were assessed using ICDAS and pufa (to score consequences of dental caries on soft tissues) indices. History of extraction and toothache was recorded. Oral health-related quality of life was assessed using the Brazilian version of the Early Childhood Oral Health Impact Scale (B-ECOHIS). A multiple logistic regression model was used to analyze the relationship between the prevalence of dentine carious lesions, pufa, history of extraction and toothache with the B-ECOHIS scores. A total of 587 questionnaires were analyzed. The prevalence of cavitated dentine lesions and pufa was 74.8 and 26.2%, respectively. Some 21.8% of children reported toothache and 9.2% had had at least one tooth extraction. The chance (OR) for children with cavitated dentine lesions, pufa ≥1, history of extraction and toothache of having higher B-ECOHIS scores than those not affected was 1.90 (95% CI: 1.18–3.06), 6.26 (95% CI: 3.63–10.83), 6.87 (95% CI: 2.75–17.16) and 3.68 (95% CI: 2.12–6.39), respectively. Children’s quality of life was negatively influenced by untreated cavitated dentine lesions and their consequences.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 10/11/2011 11:04:02 AM
Accepted: 12/21/2011 7:24:55 PM
Published online: 3/6/2012
Issue release date: April 2012

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0008-6568 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-976X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/CRE


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