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dc.contributor.authorNermo, Hege
dc.contributor.authorWillumsen, Tiril
dc.contributor.authorJohnsen, Jan-Are Kolset
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-04T14:42:46Z
dc.date.available2019-03-04T14:42:46Z
dc.date.issued2018-10-20
dc.description.abstract<i>Objective</i>: To describe the prevalence of dental anxiety (DA) among adolescents in Tromsø and Balsfjord region in northern Norway and present a multivariate logistic regression model to predict high dental anxiety scores (DASs) among these adolescents.<p> <p><i>Materials and methods</i>: We used self-report questionnaires and clinical dental examination data from adolescents registered in upper secondary school (15–18 years of age) in this region (<i>n</i> = 986). Logistic regression was used to estimate odds ratios and their 95% confidence intervals (CI) when using Corah’s DAS as a dichotomous dependent variable.<p> <p><i>Results</i>: Twelve percent of the respondents reported a DAS score ≥13, indicating high DA. The strongest predictors for reporting high DA were anticipated pain at the dentist, ‘external control belief’, avoidance, low social motivation on oral health behaviour and sex. In this population, dental caries (DMFS), symptoms of psychological distress (HSCL-10) and self-motivation concerning oral health behaviour did not differ significantly between those reporting high DA (DAS ≥13) and those that reported low DA (DAS ≤12).<p> <p>Conclusions: Severe DA in adolescence is a dental public health challenge and this study shows that DA is a hindrance to seeking dental treatment irrespective of dental status. Dental anxiety should have a higher focus on preventive oral health strategies and have a higher priority in public dentistry to avoid this problem to escalate into adulthood.<p>en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe Norwegian Directorate of Healthen_US
dc.descriptionSubmitted manuscript version. Published version available at <a href=https://doi.org/10.1080/00016357.2018.1513558>https://doi.org/10.1080/00016357.2018.1513558. </a>en_US
dc.identifier.citationNermo, H., Willumsen, T. & Johnsen, J-A.K. (2018). Prevalence of dental anxiety and associations with oral health, psychological distress, avoidance and anticipated pain in adolescence: a cross-sectional study based on the Tromsø study, Fit Futures. <i>Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, 77</i>(2), 126-134. https://doi.org/10.1080/00016357.2018.1513558.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0001-6357
dc.identifier.issn1502-3850
dc.identifier.otherFRIDAID 1622091
dc.identifier.other10.1080/00016357.2018.1513558
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10037/14822
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.journalActa Odontologica Scandinavica
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccessen_US
dc.subjectVDP::Medisinske fag: 700::Klinisk odontologiske fag: 830::Andre kliniske odontologiske fag: 849en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Midical sciences: 700::Clinical dentistry sciences: 830::Other clinical dentistry sciences: 849en_US
dc.subjectDental phobia / Tannbehandlingsfobien_US
dc.subjectForebyggende psykisk helsevern, barn og unge / Mental health prevention and promotion, children and adolescentsen_US
dc.subjectOral helserelatert livskvalitet / Oral health related quality of lifeen_US
dc.subjectTannbehandlingsfrykt / Dental fearen_US
dc.titlePrevalence of dental anxiety and associations with oral health, psychological distress, avoidance and anticipated pain in adolescence: a cross-sectional study based on the Tromsø study, Fit Futuresen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
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