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J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2015 Jan-Mar;33(1):15-8. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.148962.

Correlation between dental anxiety, Sense of Coherence (SOC) and dental caries in school children from Bangalore North: a cross-sectional study.

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Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Very few publications report on the relationship between 'salutogenesis', as measured by the concept of Sense of Coherence (SOC), and generally speaking an individual's overall oral health- related quality of life (OHRQL). To add to this, there is even lesser information regarding the behavioral aspect of dental anxiety.

AIM:

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between dental anxiety, SOC and dental caries in school children from Bangalore North.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The study had a sample of 529 children from various schools, age between 12-16 in Bangalore north. The study comprised of 17 questions which were handed over to them; and upon receival of the questionnaire the respective decayed, missing, filled tooth surfaces index (DMFS) score was checked which was then compared with dental anxiety and SOC.

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED:

One way analysis of variance (ANOVA) F-test and multiple comparison procedures (MCPs).

RESULT:

High dental anxiety predicted high dental caries index and low SOC predicted high dental caries index in association with advancing children's age from 12-16 years.

CONCLUSION:

Dental anxiety had a direct relationship with dental caries and SOC had an inverse relationship with dental caries.

PMID:
25572367
DOI:
10.4103/0970-4388.148962
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