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Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry

Edited by Anton Sculean, Poul Erik Petersen, Avijit Banerjee

ISSN (print) 1602-1622 • ISSN (online) 1757-9996


Volume 19 , Issue 1

Pages: 93–99
DOI: 10.3290/j.ohpd.b927709
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Impact of Silver Diamine Fluoride Therapy on Oral Healthrelated Quality of Life of Uncooperative Preschool Children: A Prospective Study

Apathsakayan Renugalakshmi / Thilla Sekar Vinothkumar / Fatimah Balqasim Hakami / Ruba Mohammed Salem / Amnah Ali Qadri / Zahra Mohammed Harbosh / Zaki Hakami

Purpose: Preschool children with early childhood caries (ECC) frequently exhibit extreme dental anxiety and fear, posing a considerable challenge to paediatric dentists for their treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) treatment on the oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) of uncooperative preschool children using an Arabic version of the Early Childhood Oral Health Impact Scale (A-ECOHIS). Materials and Methods: A pre-validated A-ECOHIS was used to assess the sensitivity and responsiveness. Fiftyone children, uncooperative with conventional dental care, underwent SDF treatment; their mothers answered the A-ECOHIS before and 4 weeks after treatment. Based on the global transition rating (GTR), the mothers rated their child’s oral health condition following SDF treatment. Results: SDF effectively arrested caries after 4 weeks in all children. There was a statistically significant reduction in mean scores of the total A-ECOHIS, child impact scale and family impact scores at follow-up (Wilcoxon signedrank test; p ˂ 0.001). There were statistically significant changes in the mean GTR of children’s oral health. Conclusions: A-ECOHIS was sensitive and responsive to SDF treatment. SDF statistically significantly improved the OHRQoL of uncooperative preschool children.

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