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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-48

Impact of dental fear on oral health-related quality of life among school going and non-school going children in Udaipur city: A cross-sectional study

1 MPH Student, School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Jodhpur Dental College and Hospital, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
3 Departmens of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
4 Department Of Orthodontics and Dento Facial Orthopedics, Rayat Bahara Dental College and Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India
5 Departmens of Orthodontics and Dento Facial Orthopedics, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
6 Departmens of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Jodhpur Dental College General Hospital, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Ashish Sharma
Senior Lecturer, Jodhpur Dental College, General Hospital, Boranada, Jodhpur 342001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0976-237X.128662

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Aim: To assess the impact of dental fear on different domains of oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) among school going and non-school going children in the Indian scenario. Materials and Methods: The study sample consisted of 279 school children and 257 non-school going children thus making a total sample of 536 children. The sampling frame comprised of 12-15-year-old children attending two upper primary public schools and non-school going children working at shops or not working in Udaipur city, India. Information on dental fear and OHRQoL was obtained by personal interviews by a single trained and calibrated examiner through a structured questionnaire. Intercooled STATA version 9.2 was employed to perform statistical analysis. The level of significance was set at 5%. Results: Mean dental fear scores among school going (35.41 [11.79]) and non-school going (47.59 [3.80]) children revealed that dental fear was significantly (P ≤ 0.05) higher among non-school going than among school going children. In school going children, the likelihood of having poor oral symptoms, functional limitation and poorer social and emotional well being were significantly (P ≤ 0.05) lesser as compared with non-school going children. Conclusions: Fear has a significant impact on different domains of OHRQoL, except emotional well being, among non-school going children.

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