Oral health and 22q11 deletion syndrome: thoughts and experiences from the parents' perspectives

Int J Paediatr Dent. 2010 Jul;20(4):283-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-263X.2010.01052.x.


Background: 22q11 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is one of the most common multiple anomaly syndromes, and many dentists are likely to meet patients with the syndrome. Odontological research has focused on describing and analysing conditions/concepts based on the current state of knowledge within the dental profession. Yet, these research topics are not necessarily the most important issues for the patients.

Aims: To explore and describe, by use of Grounded theory, parents' experiences of oral health issues and needs for dental care in their children with 22q11DS.

Design: Twelve parents from different regions in Sweden were interviewed. Analyses were carried out according to Grounded theory.

Results: Parents recognised good oral health as important for the wellbeing of their children. Oral health was a concern and the parents described the fight for this as struggling in vain for good oral health in their child.

Conclusions: Parents not only described their children's oral health as important but also hard to gain. Thus, it is important that all patients with disabilities, regardless of whether there is a defined medical diagnosis or not, are identified and well taken care of in the dental care system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Care for Disabled
  • Dental Caries / etiology
  • Dental Enamel / abnormalities
  • Dentist-Patient Relations
  • DiGeorge Syndrome / complications
  • DiGeorge Syndrome / psychology*
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Oral Health*
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Sweden
  • Tooth Discoloration / congenital