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Psychosocial Impacts Relating to Dental Injuries in Childhood: The Bigger Picture

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School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TA, UK
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Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield S10 2SZ, UK
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Dent. J. 2019, 7(1), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj7010023
Received: 19 November 2018 / Revised: 8 February 2019 / Accepted: 11 February 2019 / Published: 4 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychosocial Impacts of Dental Conditions in Childhood)
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Abstract

Traumatic 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
Keywords: dental trauma; psychosocial; impacts; children dental trauma; psychosocial; impacts; children
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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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