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Frequent exposure to invasive medical care in early childhood and operative dental treatment associated with dental apprehension of children at 9 years of age
 

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  12/2003

Authors:  S. Karjalainen, J. Olak, E. Söderling, K. Pienihäkkinen, O. Simell

Language:  English

Institution:  Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku, Finland Department of Stomatology, Tartu University, Tartu, Estonia Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital of Turku, Finland

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue Srl

Keywords:  Children, Dental apprehension, Dental health, Recurrent otitis media.

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Title:  Frequent exposure to invasive medical care in early childhood and operative dental treatment associated with dental apprehension of children at 9 years of age

Abstract:  Aim This was to study prospectively a cohort of children as to whether behaviour at a 3-year examination, exposure to medical care and operative dental treatment are associated with each other, and with the level of dental apprehension at 9 years of age. Methods Data were collected at three subsequent dental examinations of 126 children (67 boys, 59 girls). Cooperation, general health condition and operative dental treatment during the preceding 3 years were obtained at dental examinations with 3-year intervals, i.e. at 3, 6 and 9 years of age. Children’s dental apprehension was assessed at the age of 9 years. The data were analysed using an ordinal logistic regression model. Results Dental apprehension at 9 years of age was associated with frequent exposure to invasive medical care (p<0.001) and past experience of operative dental care (p<0.002), but not with cooperation at 3 years of age (p=0.124). Conclusion Frequent invasive medical care in early childhood and operative dental treatment, tooth extractions in particular, are associated with dental apprehension at 9 years of age.

 
 
 
 
 
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