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Emotions experienced during the shedding of the first primary tooth


Patcas, Raphael; Daum, Moritz M; van Waes, Hubertus J M; Beltrani, Selina; Pfister, Lara T; Landolt, Markus A (2019). Emotions experienced during the shedding of the first primary tooth. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 29(1):22-28.

Abstract

AIM: To examine the different emotions expressed by children exfoliating their first primary tooth, evaluate their proportional distribution, and reveal possible influences of child- and parent-related variables on the reported emotions.

DESIGN: A cross-sectional questionnaire was directed to parents of children who had recently shed at least one primary tooth. Primary outcome variables were the child's emotions at the time of exfoliation. Child-related determinants were sex, duration of tooth wiggle, previous accident- or caries-related visits at dentist, and having witnessed tooth exfoliation in older siblings. Parent-related determinants included socio-economic variables (education, religion, country of origin).

RESULTS: One thousand two hundred and seventy-four of 3617 questionnaires were returned and analysed (35.2%). 82.0% of the parents reported positive, and 22.0% negative emotions in their child. Previous caries-related visits at the dentist diminished the likelihood of positive emotions (OR = 0.65), and accident-related visits increased the odds of positive emotions (OR = 1.57), as did an extended duration of tooth wiggle (OR = 1.98). Higher education of mothers (OR = 2.89) and fathers (OR = 1.96) and an origin from non-Western countries (OR = 2.56 and OR = 1.85, respectively) were also related to positive emotions.

CONCLUSIONS: For most children, losing the first primary tooth is associated with positive emotions. Dental visits and parental factors influence these emotions. Parents and dentists should be aware of their impact on children's emotional development.

Abstract

AIM: To examine the different emotions expressed by children exfoliating their first primary tooth, evaluate their proportional distribution, and reveal possible influences of child- and parent-related variables on the reported emotions.

DESIGN: A cross-sectional questionnaire was directed to parents of children who had recently shed at least one primary tooth. Primary outcome variables were the child's emotions at the time of exfoliation. Child-related determinants were sex, duration of tooth wiggle, previous accident- or caries-related visits at dentist, and having witnessed tooth exfoliation in older siblings. Parent-related determinants included socio-economic variables (education, religion, country of origin).

RESULTS: One thousand two hundred and seventy-four of 3617 questionnaires were returned and analysed (35.2%). 82.0% of the parents reported positive, and 22.0% negative emotions in their child. Previous caries-related visits at the dentist diminished the likelihood of positive emotions (OR = 0.65), and accident-related visits increased the odds of positive emotions (OR = 1.57), as did an extended duration of tooth wiggle (OR = 1.98). Higher education of mothers (OR = 2.89) and fathers (OR = 1.96) and an origin from non-Western countries (OR = 2.56 and OR = 1.85, respectively) were also related to positive emotions.

CONCLUSIONS: For most children, losing the first primary tooth is associated with positive emotions. Dental visits and parental factors influence these emotions. Parents and dentists should be aware of their impact on children's emotional development.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
04 Faculty of Medicine > Neuroscience Center Zurich
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:1 January 2019
Deposited On:09 Oct 2018 10:44
Last Modified:29 Dec 2018 02:03
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0960-7439
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/ipd.12427
PubMed ID:30218480

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