Caregiver Reported Oral Health-Related Quality of Life in Young American Indian Children

Patricia A. Braun, Kimberly E. Lind, Terry Batliner, Angela G. Brega, William G. Henderson, Kristen Nadeau, Anne Wilson, Judith Albino

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American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children experience high rates of dental decay, yet their pediatric oral health-related quality of life (POQL) has not been described. We measured POQL in AI children and compared it in children with reported excellent/very good/good versus fair/poor oral health status (OHS) and assessed association of OHS, child’s age, dental service utilization, and dental insurance on POQL scores. Caregivers of 143 AI (100 %), young (mean age 25.1 months) children reported their POQL score as 4.2 (scale 0–100, lower score indicates better POQL); OHS as excellent (35 %), very good (27 %), good (21 %), fair (14 %), and poor (3 %); and utilization of urgent dental services (12 %). Worse POQL was associated with worse OHS (p = 0.01). After adjustment, worse POQL was associated with increased reported use of urgent dental services (p = 0.004). POQL of young AI children was generally favorable but worsened with increased utilization of urgent dental services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-958
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • Children
  • Dental caries
  • Dental services utilization
  • Early childhood caries
  • Minority health
  • Oral health status
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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