The impact of tooth agenesis on oral health-related quality of life in children

Sheena Kotecha, Peter John Turner, Thomas Dietrich, Ashish Dhopatkar

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Objective: The purpose of this cross-sectional survey was to evaluate the psychosocial impact of tooth agenesis in children and to investigate the potential influence of gender, socioeconomic status, severity of tooth absence, and the number of retained primary teeth on their quality of life. Materials and methods: A total of 86 children (36 male, 50 female) with tooth agenesis, aged 11-14 years were recruited from the Birmingham Dental Hospital, United Kingdom. Thirty subjects with a complete dentition and having a low treatment need acted as controls. Children completed the validated Child Perceptions Questionnaire (CPQ) and their parents completed the Parental-Caregiver Perceptions Questionnaire (P-CPQ). Results: The median number of missing teeth in the sample population was 6. There were significant differences in the oral symptoms, functional limitations and the social and emotional well-being reported between the agenesis and control groups. The overall CPQ scores were significantly higher in children with tooth agenesis (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-9
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Orthodontics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


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