European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 126–129 | Cite as

Dental Discomfort Questionnaire for young children following full mouth rehabilitation under general anaesthesia: a Follow-up report

  • J. VerslootEmail author
  • J. S. J. Veerkamp
  • J. Hoogstraten


Aim: The aim of the present study was firstly to assess the persistence of pain-related behaviours of the Dental Discomfort Questionnaire (DDQ) and secondly to complete a follow-up study to assess the effect of dental treatment on pain-related behaviours in preschool children. Methods: The 9-question DDQ instrument was used to assess toothache-related behaviours in a group of preverbal children. The test-retest analysis questionnaire was filled out twice by 44 parents on behalf of their referred child. The follow-up study questionnaire was filled out by 71 parents before and after all dental disease was treated. Results: A strong correlation for the test-retest was found over a 2 month period before treatment. When the behaviour items were compared independently before and after treatment it appeared that after treatment all but one behaviour (i.e. bites with molars instead of teeth) was displayed less often. Overall, after treatment all children had a lower mean DDQ score. Conclusions: Dental treatment of children leads to reduced toothache-related behaviours and subsequently to a better quality of life. The DDQ is a sensitive instrument to measure dental discomfort before and after restorative treatment if and when the follow-up period is short. The DDQ can possibly support healthcare providers, teachers and parents in their assessment of toothache in young children.

Key words

Pain Child Toothache Dentistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Versloot
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. S. J. Veerkamp
    • 1
  • J. Hoogstraten
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cariology Endodontology Pedodontology and Department of Social Dentistry and Behavioural Sciences, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA)Universiteit van Amsterdam and Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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