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Dental behaviour management problems and dental caries prevalence in 3–6-year-old Swedish children born preterm

Publiceringsår: 2008
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 341-347
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Volym: 18
Nummer: 5
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Wiley


Background. Today, most children born preterm survive without major impairments. But high frequencies of cognitive and behavioural difficulties arise. Studies on dental behaviour management problems (BMP) in these children are lacking. In addition, studies on caries prevalence are few and inconclusive.
Aim. To compare the frequency of behavioural problems and poor compliance with dental treatment in preschool children born preterm with those born full-term. The prevalence of caries was also studied.
Methods. The study group included 187 children born between 23 and 32 weeks of gestation. The control group constituted full-term children matched by age, sex, immigrant background, and dental operator. BMP, number of dental visits, missed appointments, and caries between ages 3 and 6 were noted.
Results. At age 3, but not at age 6, the prevalence of BMP at clinical examinations was significantly higher in preterm children compared with the control group. Of the children who received dental treatments during preschool years, preterm children displayed significantly more BMP. No significant difference in dental visits or in caries prevalence was found. Preterm children, however, missed significantly more dental appointments.
Conclusion. Children born preterm display a higher prevalence of BMP at dental examinations and treatments during preschool years.



  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences


  • ISSN: 0960-7439 (Print)
  • ISSN: 1365-263X (Online)

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