|Baltic Dental and Maxillofacial Journal|
March, 2010, Vol. 12, No. 1
© 2010 Stomatologija
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Oral health and quality of life in Norwegian and Russian school children: A pilot study
Natalia Koposova, Eeva Widström, Martin Eisemann, Roman Koposov, Harald M. Eriksen
Objective. To document the oral health status, to study oral health determinants and oral health-related quality of life among 12-year-olds from the Barents Euro-Arctic Region.
Material and methods. The study was conducted in Severodvinsk (North-West Russia) and Tromsø (Northern Norway). Two schools representing each region were selected and all 12-year-old pupils having obtained their parents’ written consent were included (Severodvinsk n=48, Tromsø n=36). Background factors were collected by questionnaires. Oral health conditions, i.e. caries (DMFT/S), oral hygiene (OHI-S) and satisfaction with their own dental appearance were recorded under field conditions and possible associations between background factors and the children’s oral health status were studied.
Results. Oral health was better among Norwegian than Russian participants. The most important factors explaining variation in oral health were country of origin and treatment (filling/no filling) received at the last dental visit. Among parental factors, education and oral health status were of importance. Oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL) was found to be related to oral health conditions.
Conclusions. Norwegian 12 year old pupils presented with better oral health than their Russian counterparts. Oral health is of importance for self-perceived quality of life.
Key words: oral health, school children, quality of life, Barents region.
Received: 22 12 2009
Accepted for publishing: 26 03 2010
1Institute of Clinical Dentistry, University of Tromsø, Norway
2Department of Psychology, University of Tromsø, Norway
3Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tromsø, Norway
Natalia Koposova1 PhD stipendiate
Eeva Widström1 Professor in Community Dentistry
Martin Eisemann2 Professor in Psychology
Roman Koposov3 Assoc. professor in Psychiatry
Harald M. Eriksen1 Professor and Head of Institute of Clinical Dentistry
Address correspondence to: Natalia Koposova, Institute of Clinical Dentistry, University of Tromsø, 9037, Tromsø, Norway.
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