Quality of Life Research

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Comparison of perceived oral health in patients with temporomandibular disorders and dental anxiety using oral health-related quality of life profiles

  • Oliver Schierz
  • Mike T. John
  • Daniel R. Reißmann
  • Mats Mehrstedt
  • András Szentpétery



Oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) instruments provide information beyond what is represented in their summary scores. Individual item information also provides useful insight into patient-related oral health problems. Our study aim was to compare patients’ perceived impact from temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and from dental anxiety on oral health using item profiles contained within the Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP).


We measured OHRQoL using the German version of the 14-item OHIP in 416 TMD patients, 173 dental anxiety patients, and 2,026 general population subjects.


Dental anxiety patients demonstrated the highest mean OHIP summary scores, i.e., the worst OHRQoL (22.4 in anxiety patients, 14.0 in TMD patients, 4.1 in general population; P < 0.001). The prevalence of frequently occurring responses of the individual items was 6–62% in dental anxiety patients, 3–40% in TMD patients, and 0.2–0.4% in the general population. The item prevalence of both patient groups was very similar for functional and pain-related OHRQoL domains. Dental anxiety patients indicated problems more frequently than TMD patients in the OHIP domains of psychological discomfort and psychological disability.


This insight into patients’ perceived oral health provided by OHIP item profiles may be important for patient diagnosis and outcome assessment in the clinical setting.


Dental anxiety Oral Health Impact Profile Oral health-related quality of life Temporomandibular disorders 



Oral health-related quality of life


Temporomandibular disorders


Oral Health Impact Profile


German short form of the Oral Health Impact Profile (with 14 items)


Standard deviation


Confidence interval


Research diagnostic criteria for temporomandibular disorders


Short Form 36 health survey questionnaire


Graded Chronic Pain Scale



We thank Linda S. Raab for editorial assistance and Annett Schrock for data management.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Schierz
    • 1
  • Mike T. John
    • 2
  • Daniel R. Reißmann
    • 3
  • Mats Mehrstedt
    • 4
  • András Szentpétery
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Prosthodontics and Materials ScienceUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic and Biological SciencesUniversity of Minnesota School of DentistryMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, Center for Dental and Oral MedicineUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  4. 4.Dental Fears ClinicHamburgGermany
  5. 5.Department of ProsthodonticsMartin-Luther-University Halle-WittenbergHalle/SaaleGermany

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