Psychosocial Impacts Relating to Dental Injuries in Childhood: The Bigger Picture
AbstractTraumatic dental injuries (TDI) in childhood are fairly commonplace, with a reported prevalence of up to 30% worldwide. These injuries can have significant impacts on patients, their families and dental professionals; however, this area is currently underrepresented within paediatric oral health research. The psychosocial impacts of traumatic injury are personal to each patient and should be addressed as part of a holistic treatment plan. A review of the current evidence base shows that children who have suffered a traumatic injury to the dentition report worse oral-health-related quality of life. They are also more likely to suffer decreased self-esteem due to their appearance, especially where the injury is not effectively managed. Society (including other children) often judges poorly those with obvious dental disease or anomaly, and with the rising use of social media, these judgements can be made by even greater audiences. There is currently a paucity of qualitative research in this topic to explore the negative psychosocial impacts of dental trauma in greater detail. Although there is growing evidence for the benefit of treatment in improving children’s wellbeing following a TDI, the field of paediatric dental traumatology still has much to learn about young patients’ perspectives, experiences and values. View Full-Text
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Rodd, H.; Noble, F. Psychosocial Impacts Relating to Dental Injuries in Childhood: The Bigger Picture. Dent. J. 2019, 7, 23.
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Rodd, Helen; Noble, Fiona. 2019. "Psychosocial Impacts Relating to Dental Injuries in Childhood: The Bigger Picture." Dent. J. 7, no. 1: 23.
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