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Factors associated with parents' esthetic perceptions of children's mixed dentition fluorosis and demarcated opacities.
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PMID:  16532890     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: With the increasing prevalence of dental fluorosis, improved understanding about esthetic perceptions of dental fluorosis is warranted. The purpose of this report was to present results concerning parents' overall satisfaction with the appearance of their children's teeth and factors related to dissatisfaction, comparing subjects with and without fluorosis and demarcated opacities. METHODS: Data were obtained from 577 parents in the Iowa Fluoride Study who answered a questionnaire concerning their satisfaction with the appearance of their children's teeth at age 9 years, as well as several components of dissatisfaction. Concurrent assessment of the mixed dentition was made by 1 of 2 trained dentist examiners. RESULTS: Overall, 31% of parents were very satisfied, 51% somewhat satisfied, 16% somewhat dissatisfied, and 3% very dissatisfied with appearance. Parents of children without fluorosis were more likely to be very satisfied (46%) than were parents of children with questionable fluorosis (31%) or definitive fluorosis (22%). Among the 401 not "very satisfied," 50% of those with fluorosis vs 40% with no fluorosis were concerned about color, 60% of both groups were concerned about alignment, 44% and 51%, respectively, were concerned about crowding, and 44% and 9%, respectively, were concerned about blotchiness. CONCLUSIONS: Fluorosis was associated with increased parental dissatisfaction with overall appearance, color, and blotchiness of their children's teeth.
Steven M Levy; John J Warren; Barbara Broffitt; Bethany Nielsen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric dentistry     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0164-1263     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Dent     Publication Date:    2005 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-14     Completed Date:  2006-04-18     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909102     Medline TA:  Pediatr Dent     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  486-92     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
University of Iowa College of Public Health, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Dental Enamel Hypoplasia / complications,  psychology*
Dentition, Mixed
Esthetics, Dental / psychology*
Fluorosis, Dental / complications,  psychology*
Malocclusion / psychology
Parents / psychology*
Tooth Discoloration / etiology,  psychology
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