Abstract: This study aimed to assess the impact of traumatic dental injury (TDI) on the quality of life of preschoolers and their families. A cross-sectional study was carried out, with a sample of 814 children, aged three to five years old, in Campina Grande, Brazil. Parents/caregivers were asked to complete the Brazilian Early Childhood Oral Health Impact Scale and a questionnaire on socio-demographic data. Oral examinations of the children were performed by three previously calibrated dentists. Bivariate and multiple Poisson regression analyses were performed (α = 5%). The prevalence of negative impact from oral conditions on quality of life was 31.1% among the children and 24.7% among the families. TDI was not associated with a negative impact on quality of life. Parent/caregiver’s assessment of the child’s oral health (PR = 1.210; 95% CI: 1.027–1.426) and history of toothache (PR = 4.997; 95% CI: 2.943–8.493) remained in the final model for the child section, whereas only a history of toothache (PR = 2.791; 95% CI: 1.801–4.325) remained in the final model for the family section. TDI exerted no negative impact on quality of life in the present sample. A history of toothache was the only variable associated with a negative impact on the quality of life of the preschoolers and their families.
Keywords: quality of life; tooth injuries; child
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Siqueira, M.B.; Firmino, R.T.; Clementino, M.A.; Martins, C.C.; Granville-Garcia, A.F.; Paiva, S.M. Impact of Traumatic Dental Injury on the Quality of Life of Brazilian Preschool Children. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 6422-6441.
Siqueira MB, Firmino RT, Clementino MA, Martins CC, Granville-Garcia AF, Paiva SM. Impact of Traumatic Dental Injury on the Quality of Life of Brazilian Preschool Children. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2013; 10(12):6422-6441.
Siqueira, Maria B.; Firmino, Ramon T.; Clementino, Marayza A.; Martins, Carolina C.; Granville-Garcia, Ana F.; Paiva, Saul M. 2013. "Impact of Traumatic Dental Injury on the Quality of Life of Brazilian Preschool Children." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 10, no. 12: 6422-6441.