Dental caries experience and prevalence of children afraid of dental treatment

Raman Bedi, Philip Sutcliffe, Peter Donnan, Nicola Barrett, John McConnachie

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The aim of this study was to examine the clinical outcome with regard to dental caries of high self reported dental anxiety in a group of Scottish secondary schoolchildren. 1103 children participated in the study, mean age 14 yr (sd 0.35 yr), and the prevalence of high dental anxiety was 7.1% (95% CI = 5.6%, 8.6%). When these children were compared with their contemporaries their DM FT and all its components were higher but only the mean MT reached statistical significance after adjusting for gender and social class. Children with a high dental anxiety were 62% more likely to have at least I missing tooth due to caries. In addition this group when compared to the rest of the study population, had a significantly lower mean number of teeth fissure scaled and a lower proportion of children with sealants. No similar trend was obvious for children who had a high general Tear. The dentally anxious more accurately perceived their treatment need and were more likely to defer, cancel or not turn up for dental appointments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-371
Number of pages4
JournalCommunity Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992


  • dental anxiety
  • dental caries
  • epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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