Parental perceptions of prosthetic treatment for and coping abilities of children with ectodermal dysplasia: A pilot study

Sigalit Blumer*, Lilach Bogachek-Halfon, Benjamin Peretz, Nir Shpack, Sagit Nissan

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Abstract

Purpose: Congenital absence of teeth (oligodontia) due to ectodermal dysplasia (ED) may impact children's emotional aspects and quality of life. The purpose of this study was to investigate parents' perceptions regarding the impact of ectodermal dysplasia and oligodontia on the self-confidence, self-esteem, self-image, and social life of their children. Methods: Ten parents of ED children were interviewed via semistructured questionnaire. Results: Parents reported that their children became aware of their oligodontia at kindergarten age and received dentures before starting school. The parents also reported that most of the children like going to school and are socially active. Most parents noted that dentures improved the esthetics, self-image, and self-esteem of their children as well as mastication abilities. Conclusions: According to the parents, dentures contribute to the esthetics, self-image, self-esteem, and mastication abilities of children with ectodermal dysplasia. Their appearance generally did not affect their ability to socialize with their peers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-452
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Dentistry
Volume40
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 2018

Keywords

  • DENTURES
  • ECTODERMAL DYSPLASIA
  • PEDIATRIC PATIENTS

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