Malocclusions and quality of life : cross-sectional and longitudinal studies in children

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Publication Doctoral Thesis
Title Malocclusions and quality of life : cross-sectional and longitudinal studies in children
Author Dimberg, Lillemor
Date 2015
English abstract
There are few longitudinal studies of the prevalence of malocclusions and possible self-correction of malocclusions during the development of the dentition. Early intervention might be unnecessary if self- correction of the malocclusion occurs during the transition from the primary to the permanent dentition. Most studies are cross-sectional and in those of longitudinal design, the results are inconsistent and difficult to interpret. Malocclusions may or may not influence the quality of life in children and adolescents. Thus, evaluations of the influence of different malocclusions on quality of life will certainly underpin a broader understanding and knowledge about how malocclusions affect the daily life of young patients. This information may also be important when it comes to assessing the most appropriate time for starting orthodontic treatment, not only from a professional point of view, but also, most importantly, from the patients’ perspective. The overall aim of this thesis was therefore to evaluate the prevalence of malocclusions, and to document changes occurring during the development of the dentition, from the primary dentition stage at age 3, through the mixed dentition at age 7, to the early permanent dentition at age 11.5 years. Further aims were to review the current state of knowledge about the impact of malocclusions on oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL) and to investigate how malocclusions affect the quality of life in a cohort of children, aged 11.5 years, whose dental care is provided by the Swedish Public Dental Service.
Publisher Malmö university, Faculty of Odontology
Series/Issue Swedish dental journal. Supplement; 237
ISSN 0348-6672
ISBN 978-91-7104-403-7
Pages 88
Language eng (iso)
Subject Medicine
Orthodontics, Corrective
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Included papers
  1. Dimberg L, Bondemark L, Söderfeldt B, Lennartsson B. Prevalence of malocclusion traits and sucking habits among 3-year old children. Swed Dent J 2010;34:35-42.

  2. Dimberg L, Lennartsson B, Söderfeldt B, Bondemark L. Malocclusions in children at 3 and 7 years of age: a longitudinal study. Eur J Orthod 2013;35:131-37.

  3. Dimberg L, Lennartsson B, Arnrup K, Bondemark L. Prevalence and change of malocclusions from primary to early permanent dentition – a longitudinal study. Accepted for publication in Angle Orthodontist.

  4. Dimberg L, Arnrup K, Bondemark L. The impact of malocclusion on the quality of life among children and adolescents: a systematic review of quantitative studies. Eur J Orthod 2014; doi:10.1093/ejo/cju046

  5. Dimberg L, Lennartsson B, Bondemark L, Arnrup K. Oral health related quality of life among children – The impact from malocclusions. Submitted.

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