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Odontología Vital

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CONSTANTE CRUZ, Adrián Paulo et al. Impact of dental fluorosis over the quality of life of ecuadorian teenagers between 11 and 14 years. Odontología Vital [online]. 2020, n.32, pp.21-28. ISSN 1659-0775.

The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of dental fluorosis (DF) over the quality of life (QoL) of adolescents between 11 and 14 years old, of Latacunga, Cotopaxi, Ecuador.

Materials and methods:

This descriptive study had a sample of 128 adolescents between 11 to 14 years old and their respective parents. The information was collected through, the INEN survey to determine socioeconomic status and the CPQ11-14 survey to determine adolescents’ QoL. In addition, intraoral photographic records were obtained for DF detection according Thylstrup and Fejerskov index (TF) and the public water company accomplished chemical analysis of fluoride concentration in water sources.


The prevalence of DF was 70.3% corresponding to TF 1, 2, 3 index. Chemical analyzes of water showed an average of 1.06 mg / l on Fluoride levels. Statistical analysis showed correlation between QoL and Fluorosis presence (p = 0.000) and QoL to socio-economic level (p = 0.001).


QoL relates to DF and the socio-economic level. However, it is not to age, sex or fluoride levels in consumption water.

Key words:

Teenagers, dental fluorosis, oral health, life quality, water fluoridation, epidemiology, dental health survey, public health dentistry.

Palavras-chave : Adolescencia; fluorosis dental; salud bucal; calidad de vida; fluoración del agua; epidemiología; encuestas de salud dental; odontología de salud pública..

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