Oro-facial pain in the community: prevalence and associated impact.

Tatiana MacFarlane, A. S. Blinkhorn, R. M. Davies, J. Kincey, H. V. Worthington

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Abstract

Study objective: To determine the prevalence of oro-facial pain (OFP) in the population and within-population subgroups and to describe the associated disability Design: Cross-sectional population study. Setting: General medical practice in South East Cheshire, United Kingdom. Participants: A random sample of 4000 adults aged 18-65 years of whom 2504 responded (adjusted participation rate 74%). Main results: The overall prevalence of OFP was 26% (95% Confidence Interval (CI) 24%, 28%). The prevalence of symptoms was higher in women (30%) than in men (21%) and in both sexes the highest (30%) prevalence was found in the 18-25 year age group and the lowest (22%) in the 56-65 age group. Of all the participants, 12% had pain in or around the eyes, 10% reported pain in and around the temples, 6% pain in front of the ears and 6% pain in the jaw joints. Only 46% of the participants with OFP had sought professional advice from a dentist or general medical practitioner and 17% had to take time off work or were unable to carry out normal activities because of pain. Conclusions: OFP is a common symptom experienced by a quarter of the adult population, of whom only 46% seek treatment. The prevalence is higher in women and younger age groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-60
Number of pages8
JournalCommunity Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Volume30
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • general population
  • oro-facial pain
  • prevalence
  • CHRONIC WIDESPREAD PAIN
  • TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS
  • ADULT-POPULATION
  • MASTICATORY SYSTEM
  • GENERAL-POPULATION
  • HEALTH-STATUS
  • BACK-PAIN
  • SYMPTOMS
  • AGE
  • SEX

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MacFarlane, T., Blinkhorn, A. S., Davies, R. M., Kincey, J., & Worthington, H. V. (2002). Oro-facial pain in the community: prevalence and associated impact. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 30, 52-60.