OHRQoLOral Health-Related Quality of Life
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Oral Health-Related Quality of Life (OHRQoL) deals with a person's comfort while eating, sleeping and engaging in social interaction; their self-confidence; and their satisfaction with regard to their oral health.
CPQ questionnaires, which contain questions that evaluate the functional, emotional, social and oral symptoms, have been adapted to many languages and found to be successful in determining OHRQoL (8-11).
In this study, we found an association between self-reported tooth colour and tooth position with Oral Health Related to Quality of Life (OHRQoL) and also between concerns about colour and position with OHRQoL.
(5) It is within this context that oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) emerged.
Recently, patient reports of OHRQoL have begun to complement the limited professional evaluation, which is based only on clinical parameters.
The questionnaires consisted of close-ended questions: one containing socio-demographic variables, another one in which self-perception of oral health was evaluated, and the Oral health impact profile --OHIP-14, which evaluates OHRQoL in seven domains, ranging from 0 (best oral health status) to 56 points (worst oral health status), validated for use in Brazil by Oliveira and Nadanovsky (19).
Given the greater burden of periodontal and other oral diseases in northern Appalachia relative to other regions and the general population in the USA [21], population samples from this region can provide an important basis to understand the relationship between oral diseases and OHRQoL and, in addition, allow assessment of additional psychosocial factors.
This study is part of a randomized clinical trial (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier NCT01858298) that assessed OHRQoL in preschool children who were later subjected to two types of treatments for severe dental caries: pulpectomy and tooth extraction (Abanto et al., unpublished results).
As a result, an increasing interest in the concepts of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) has been seen in the literature in recent years [6-12].
7 Gherunpong S, Sheiham A, Tsakos G: A socio-dental approach to assessing children's oral health needs: integrating an oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) measure into oral health service planning.
A study in Hong Kong on oral healthrelated quality of life (OHRQoL) targeted individuals with severe hypodontia [12].
With the medical model transforming from pure biomedical model to the "biological psychological social" medical model, the study of orthodontics is also converting its pattern from the traditional biomedical model [1] to a biopsychosocial perspective [2], and increasing focus has been given to the issues regarding oral health-related quality of life (OHRQOL) [3].