Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
BUCZYNSKI, Ana Karla; CASTRO, Glória Fernanda and SOUZA, Ivete Pomarico Ribeiro de. The impact of oral health on the quality of life of HIV infected children: a literature review. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.6, pp.1797-1805. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000600014.
The search for improvement of the health of systemically compromised patients and for a better knowledge about the impact of diseases on their lives has brought great interest for health-related quality of life, mainly in children with chronic diseases. The quality of life related to oral health is thus relevant, not only for being an inseparable component of the general health but also due to the importance of oral problems in the lives of these patients. The evaluation of oral health-related quality of life in HIV infected children can be of great importance seen that these patients show high prevalence of caries and periodontal diseases besides the oral manifestations of the virus infection itself. The aim of this article is to present some concepts about quality of life and the use of instruments for its evaluation on the basis of a literature review as well as to analyze the impact of oral health on the quality of life of HIV infected children.
Keywords : Child; HIV infections; Quality of life; Oral health.