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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 501-507

Oral health related quality of life among children with parents and those with no parents


1 C.R.R.I, P.G. Students, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Darshan Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 P.G. Students, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Darshan Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Akanksha Goyal
C.R.R.I, P.G. Students, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Darshan Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan
India
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Objectives: To compare the oral health related quality of life (OHQRoL) and caries status betweenschool children living with their parents and orphan children and to assess the factors that influence theoral health related quality of life. Methods: Study sample consisted of 279 school children living with their parents and 257 orphanchildren thus making a total sample of 536 school children. Sampling frame comprised of 12-15 years oldchildren attending two upper primary public schools and two special schools for orphan children at Udaipur,India. Clinical examination for caries status and personal interviews on oral health related quality of lifewere conducted by a single trained and calibrated examiner. Results: Children without parents presented poor scores for OHQRoL items and a higher cariesexperience as compared to those having parents. Caries status was significantly related to OHRQoL andits domains. Subjects with no caries reported the good OHRQoL which deteriorated as the caries scoreincreased. Children who never visited dentist reported poorer OHRQoL than regular visitors and malesexperienced better oral health quality of life than females. Only two items of the five variables enteredthe step wise linear regression analysis and were responsible for a variance of 21.3% for OHRQoL (table3), however DMFT constituted the first best predictor which solely explained a variance 15.8%. @ABSTXT= Conclusions: Oral health related quality of life along with its domains differed significantly betweenchildren with and without parents. Furthermore, gender, dental visiting habits and caries status significantlyinfluenced the oral health quality of life.


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