European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 293–297 | Cite as

Impact of dental pain on daily living of five-year-old Brazilian preschool children: prevalence and associated factors

  • F. R. Moura-Leite
  • J. Ramos-Jorge
  • M. L. Ramos-Jorge
  • S. M. de PaivaEmail author
  • M. P. Vale
  • I. A. Pordeus


AIM: To assess the impact of dental pain on the daily living of 5-year-old preschool children using reports from parents/guardians. DESIGN SND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out involving 549 five-year-old children randomly selected from preschools in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Data were collected using a previously validated parent-reported questionnaire. The children received dental examinations from a single calibrated examiner. The following outcome variables were selected: age, gender, dental caries, filled teeth, missing teeth, caries involving pulp and social class. Simple and multiple logistic regression analyses were performed on the data. RESULTS: According to parents’ reports, 11.1% of children were affected by dental pain in the previous 4 months and of these 72.6% had their daily activities hampered by pain. The majority of these children had difficulty in eating, brushing teeth, sleeping, playing and going to school. The impact of dental pain had a statistically significant association with gender (p=0.001), social class (p=0.009), dental caries (p<0.001), missing teeth (p<0.001), filled teeth (p<0.001) and caries involving pulp (p<0.001). CONCLUSION: The prevalence of difficulties performing tasks of daily living due to dental pain was relatively high among the children studied.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. R. Moura-Leite
    • 1
  • J. Ramos-Jorge
    • 1
  • M. L. Ramos-Jorge
    • 2
  • S. M. de Paiva
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. P. Vale
    • 1
  • I. A. Pordeus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, School of DentistryUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo Horizonte
  2. 2.Department of Paediatric Dentistry, School of DentistryUniversidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e MucuriDiamantinaBrazil

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