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The impact of oral conditions on children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 2013

Ravaghi, V; Holmes, RD; Steele, JG; Tsakos, G; (2016) The impact of oral conditions on children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 2013. British Dental Journal , 221 (4) pp. 173-178. 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.600. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: The 2013 Children's Dental Health survey is the fifth in a series of national surveys. / Aim: To summarise key findings on oral health perceptions, oral symptoms, and the impacts of oral conditions on the daily life of children and their families. / Methodology: A representative sample of children (aged 5, 8 12 and 15 years) and their parents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland completed relevant questionnaires. / Results: Oral symptoms, even more profound ones such as toothache, were prevalent among all age groups. Overall, 58% of 12- and 45% of 15-year-olds reported at least one oral impact in the past three months. The most prevalent oral impact was feeling embarrassed to smile or laugh, followed by difficulty eating. These symptoms and oral impacts were disproportionately high among children eligible for free school meals. Furthermore, one fifth to one third of parents reported that their children's oral conditions had some impact on their family life. / Conclusion: Oral symptoms were common and oral conditions had a negative impact on the quality of life of large proportions of children. There were clear and marked socioeconomic inequalities, with considerably worse oral health perceptions and higher levels of oral impacts among the more deprived children.

Type: Article
Title: The impact of oral conditions on children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 2013
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.600
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.600
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016, Rights Managed by Nature Publishing Group.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine, Quality of Life
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1514689
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