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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Utilization of Dental Service and Quality of Life in Preschool Children

Umit Karacayli, Hale Cimilli, Gonca Mumcu, Nur Sisman, Nilufer Bora, Ramazan O Catar, Leyla Koksal, Inci Oktay

Citation Information : Karacayli U, Cimilli H, Mumcu G, Sisman N, Bora N, Catar RO, Koksal L, Oktay I. Utilization of Dental Service and Quality of Life in Preschool Children. Int J Experiment Dent Sci 2016; 5 (1):16-22.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10029-1117

Published Online: 00-06-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim

The aim of the study was to evaluate the relationship between dental service utilization and oral health-related quality of life status in preschool children.

Materials and methods

In this cross-sectional study, 165 five-year-old preschool children (F/M: 77/88) were included. Data were collected by clinical examinations, a questionnaire regarding oral health-related factors, and early childhood oral health impact scale (ECOHIS) for oral health-related quality of life.

Results

In emergency visits, the ratios of having dental pain, dental sensitivity, tooth decay, tooth loss were higher than the others (p < 0.05). Moreover, ECOHIS-Total, ECOHIS-Child, and ECOHIS-Family scores were higher in children with poor oral health status compared with good ones (p < 0.05).

Conclusion

Early childhood oral health impact scale score related with oral health status could be used to evaluate priority for emergencies in this age group.

How to cite this article

Sisman N, Bora N, Catar RO, Karacayli U, Cimilli H, Koksal L, Oktay I, Mumcu G. Utilization of Dental Service and Quality of Life in Preschool Children. Int J Experiment Dent Sci 2016;5(1):16-22.


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