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Oral Health-Related Quality of Life in Dutch Children Diagnosed with Oligodontia. A Cross-Sectional Study

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Medical Center Groningen and University of Groningen, PO Box 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Restorative dentistry and Biomaterials, Center for Dentistry and Oral Hygiene, University Medical Center Groningen and University of Groningen, PO Box 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthodontics and Special Care, University Medical Center Utrecht and Utrecht University, PO Box 85090, 3854 EA Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(13), 2371; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16132371
Received: 3 June 2019 / Revised: 29 June 2019 / Accepted: 2 July 2019 / Published: 4 July 2019
There is need to get insight into condition-specific oral health-related quality of life in Dutch children with oligodontia. Between October 2014 and March 2017, 11–17-year-old oligodontia patients were approached to join a study assessing the impact of oligodontia on condition-specific oral health-related quality of life (OHrQoL). The patients received a condition-specific OHrQoL questionnaire prior to the start of orthodontic treatment. Non-oligodontia children in the same age group, but also requiring orthodontic treatment, were approached to serve as a control. The Fisher’s Exact Test was used for comparison purposes with the control group because of the small group sizes. Furthermore, subgroup analyses were performed for gender, age, number of congenitally missing teeth, tooth agenesis in the aesthetic region, orthodontic classification and microdontia via independent t-tests. p-values of <0.05 were considered statistically significant. Twenty-eight oligodontia patients and 23 controls agreed to participate. The oligodontia patients’ scores were comparable to the controls except for the items about dental appearance and treatment complexity. The impact of oligodontia on OHrQoL in youngsters is limited and mainly concerns dental appearance and the complexity of the treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: hypodontia; oligodontia; oral health-related quality of life; children; orthodontics hypodontia; oligodontia; oral health-related quality of life; children; orthodontics
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Filius, M.A.; Cune, M.S.; Créton, M.; Vissink, A.; Raghoebar, G.M.; Visser, A. Oral Health-Related Quality of Life in Dutch Children Diagnosed with Oligodontia. A Cross-Sectional Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2371.

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