Foundations of oral health-related quality of life

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Oral health-related quality of life (OHRQOL) is the component of health-related quality of life that relates to the effects of oral diseases and dental interventions on patients. This article describes why OHRQOL is important and how it is measured. The conceptual basis for OHRQOL is discussed. A four-dimensional structure consisting of Oral Function, Orofacial Pain, Orofacial Appearance and Psychosocial Impact as the OHRQOL dimensions has emerged as psychometrically sound and clinically intuitive. Consequently, when the impact of oral diseases or the effects of dental interventions are measured, four dimension scores capturing these attributes need to be used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Oral Rehabilitation
Early online dateJul 13 2020
StateE-pub ahead of print - Jul 13 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health, USA, under the Award Numbers R01DE022331 and R01DE028059.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd


  • assessment
  • dental patient-reported outcome measures
  • dental patient-reported outcomes
  • dimensions
  • oral function
  • oral health-related quality of life
  • orofacial appearance
  • orofacial pain
  • psychosocial impact

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article


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