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Children With JIA Care Less About Dental Cosmetics Than Those Without, Study Finds

October 17, 2019
by Juvenile Arthritis News


Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) seem to be less concerned about how their teeth look than children without JIA, a new study has found.  This suggests that clinicians should be careful about proposing cosmetic orthodontic treatments for children with JIA.

The study, “The Psychological Impact of Dental Aesthetics in Patients with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Compared with Healthy Peers: A Cross-Sectional Study,” was published recently in the Dentistry Journal.

In a sizable portion of people with JIA, the joints in the jaw are affected, and this can lead to a host of dental problems that may require care. However, this also can cause teeth to be crooked (called dental malocclusion) without having much of an effect on the mouth’s ability to properly function.

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