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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-18

Correlation between dental anxiety, sense of coherence (SOC) and dental caries in school children from Bangalore North: A cross-sectional study


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

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Dr. Deepak Viswanath
Professor and Head, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka 562157
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.148962

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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.






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