Future Dental Journal


Introduction: The concept of oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL) is of great significance in the three areas of dental health, in particular the clinical practice of dentistry, research, and education. The reported prevalence of gingivitis in various developed countries is considered high. This rate escalates with the increase in age, especially around puberty. There is evidence that gingivitis is associated with the children’s OHRQoL as there are common risk factors between gingivitis’ of adolescence and their consequent OHRQoL.

Aim: This study aims to evaluate the correlation between gingival redness as evaluated by digital photographs and oral health related quality of life as measured by the short form of child perception questionnaire 11-14.

Subjects and methods: 91 participants 11-14 years-old Egyptian children from New-Giza University outpatients’ clinic were recruited and OHRQoL was evaluated using the Arabic version of the regression short form (RSF) of Child perception questionnaire 11-14 (CPQ 11-14). Gingival redness was evaluated using analyzed digital photographs using Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) 2021 software.

Results: The study showed that there was insignificant (P >0.05), weak (r < 0.5), positive (+) correlation between the number of red pixels in digital photographs and oral symptoms domain and functional limitation domain.

Conclusion: there was no statistically significant correlation between the gingival redness and the oral health related quality of life.