Children's perception of other children with dental fluorosis – A crosssectional study

Siddiq, Hanan and Pentapati, Kalyana Chakravarthy and Acharya, Shashidhar (2020) Children's perception of other children with dental fluorosis – A crosssectional study. Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research, 10. pp. 72-77. ISSN 2212-4268

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Background: Dental appearance may influence how others perceive individuals. This study would help to understand whether young people make judgments about other young people with dental fluorosis. Aim: We aimed to evaluate the perception of children aged 12–15 years about other children with visible dental fluorosis. Materials and methods: A self-administered social attribute questionnaire was used to capture dental appearancerelated judgments of 455 children aged 12–15 years, from 6 schools. All the children were given either a set of full-face photographs of a boy and a girl, without dental fluorosis or digitally modified anterior teeth to show visible dental fluorosis. The Total Attribute Score (TAS) was measured by totaling the participant's ratings for each characteristic, ranging from 11 (most negative score) and 44 (most positive). Results: A total of 437 children participated, 53.8% (235) were males with a mean age of 13.99 ± 0.825. The mean TAS for photographs with fluorosis (25.9 ± 4.73) was significantly lower than without fluorosis (34.8 ± 4.83) (p < 0.001). Concerning gender, age, and SES, photos with fluorosis had significantly lower mean TAS than without fluorosis (p < 0.001,<0.001,<0.001 and < 0.001), respectively. Conclusion: Children in our study perceived that fluorosis could have a negative impact on their appearance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children ; Dental ; Fluorosis; Judgment ; Negative impact ; Total attribute score.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2020 07:11
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 07:11

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