Purpose: The purpose was to determine changes in the oral health-related quality-of-life (OHRQoL) of children with severe early childhood caries (S-ECC) following dental rehabilitation under general anesthesia (DRGA). Methods: This prospective cohort study involved caregivers completing questionnaires, including the Early Childhood Oral Health Impact Scale (ECOHIS). Data analysis included descriptive statistics, bivariate analyses, effect size, and multiple linear regression. Results: Initially, 150 children were enrolled, mean age of 47.7±14.2 (SD) months. The baseline mean total ECOHIS score was 6.3±5.3. Higher baseline ECOHIS scores were associated with single-parent families, low-income house-holds, higher decayed, missing, and filled primary teeth (dmft) scores, and having extractions (P ≤ 0.05). Multiple linear regression results showed low household income (P=0.01) and the child not having Registered First Nation status (a specific population of Indigenous Canadians; P=0.03) were significantly and independently associated with higher total baseline ECOHIS scores. At follow-up, 103 children had a mean total ECOHIS score of 3.5±2.9 versus a baseline score of 6.3±5.4. Change in total ECOHIS and three of four Child Impact Section domains showed significant improvement (P<0.001) post-DRGA. Worse follow-up ECOHIS scores were only associated with the child being male (P=0.02). Conclusions: Improvements in oral health-related quality of life were observed following DRGA. Consideration should be given for using the Early Childhood Oral Health Impact Scale to help prioritize children waiting for DRGA. (Pediatr Dent 2019;41(3):221-8) Received November 22, 2018 | Last Revision February 28, 2019 | Accepted April 1, 2019.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - May 15 2019|
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