Early Caries Predicts Low Oral Health-Related Quality of Life at a Later Age
Oral health-related quality of life (OHRQOL) is the perceived impact of one’s own oral health on daily life. Oral diseases influence children’s OHRQOL directly, but OHRQOL might also be related to oral health experiences from the past. We investigate the relation between dental caries at the age of 6 with OHRQOL assessed at the age of 10. This study was conducted within the Generation R Study, a populationbased prospective cohort study. Caries experience was assessed with the decayed, missing, and filled teeth index (dmft) at a median age of 6.09 years (90% range: 5.73–6.80).