Oral health-related quality of life in Swedish young adults
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The living conditions of young adults in Sweden have changed during the last decades, due to the economic and employment situation in society. Although oral health is mainly considered to be good in this age group, their use of dental care has decreased and their priorities and opportunities regarding oral health are little known. The purpose of this study was to describe and explore the views of Swedish young adults on their oral health and oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL). The design of the study was qualitative, using content analysis. Sixteen young adults, aged 21 to 29 years, were interviewed. The findings from the interviews were summarized under the theme “The perceived control of OHRQOL of young adults is dependent on their future prospects of oral health, in relation to their perceptions of past and present own oral health,” consisting of three categories: Past experience, Present situation and Future prospects. The OHRQoL of young adults is dependent on their experiences of own oral health during childhood and their received dental care, but also on their present self-perceived oral health, oral health habits and social life together with their expectations of future oral health. The findings in the study indicate that the oral health awareness and needs of young adults, as well as their expectations of oral care, merit further follow-up.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-28362OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-28362DiVA: diva2:815543