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Instability of Self-esteem and Affective Lability as Determinants of Self-reported Oral Health Status and Oral Health-related Behaviors

Alexandrina L. Dumitrescu, Beatrice C. Dogaru, Cristian D. Dogaru

Citation Information : Dumitrescu AL, Dogaru BC, Dogaru CD. Instability of Self-esteem and Affective Lability as Determinants of Self-reported Oral Health Status and Oral Health-related Behaviors. J Contemp Dent Pract 2008; 9 (1):38-45.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-9-1-38

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-03-2009

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2008; The Author(s).



The aim of the study was to examine the impact of the instability of self-esteem and affective lability on students’ self-rated oral health and oral health-related behaviors.

Methods and Material

The present study sample consisted of 178 first year medical students. A questionnaire was used to collect information about socio-demographic factors, behavioral factors, self-reported oral health status, the instability of self-esteem, and affective lability.


Significant differences were found on the instability of self-esteem and affective lability on the following variables: gender, smoking, anxiety, depression, stress in everyday life, number of extracted teeth, and satisfaction with appearance of one's own teeth (Ps<0.05). The level of instability of self-esteem had a consistent association with the self-reported oral health status and satisfaction with appearance of teeth. The affective lability total score was a determinant of the number of extracted teeth, last toothache, self-rated gingival status, while anger was correlated with the number of current non-treated caries, extracted teeth, toothbrushing, and flossing frequency.


The results indicate there is an increased risk for impaired dental health among subjects with instable self-esteem symptoms or symptoms of anger.


Dumitrescu AL, Dogaru CB, Dogaru CD. Instability of Self-esteem and Affective Lability as Determinants of Self-reported Oral Health Status and Oral Health-related Behaviors. J Contemp Dent Pract 2008 January; (9)1:038-045.

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