Malin Stensson

Associate Professor Oral Health Science
Department of odontology and oral health , School of Health and Welfare
PhD in Odontology
Dental Hygienist
Programme Manager dental hygienist programme, advance

Malin Stensson´s main area of research is in oral health in children and adolescents. Primarly, she focuses on three questions:

How is the oral health in children and adolescents affected by asthma disease?

Can "good bacteria" (probiotics) affect childrens oral health and prevent dental caries?

How do we identify oral biomarkers for caries risk? 

 Oral health in children and adolescents with asthma

Malin Stenssons studies are based on clinical examinations of children, adolescents and young adults, with and without asthma, in the age groups 3,6,12-16 and 18-24 years. The results show that individuals with asthma have more dental caries and gingival inflammation than individuals without asthma.

The largest difference in oral health was found in the age group 12-16, in which only 1 of 20 adolescents in the asthmagroup was cariesfree, compared to 13 of 20 in the control group. The higher caries prevalence in children and adolescents with asthmatics due to more frequent mouthbreathing and mount dryness, which may contribute that asthmatics consume sugary drinks more frequently than healthy individuals. Another contributing factor that may affect the development of caries in individuals with asthma is impaired salivary secretion. There are also several other factors that could possibly have an effect on asthmatics oral health, which need to be investigated. One such factor is the effect of medication on saliva. Malin Stenssons studies on asthma and oral health emphasise the importance of early detection and cooperation between healthcare and dental care providers.

An important research area is riskassessment as early as possible to prevent oral diseases such as caries. The aim for the project is to identify biomarkers in saliva The research group is international and includes researchers from Valencia, Spain, Malmö University, Linköping University and  Region Jönköping and Skåne.

Another research area Malin Stensson works with is the use of image support to promote communication between healthcare professionals and children in healthcare. The aim of the project is to study the impact of pictorial support on the involvement of children and healthcare professionals, as well as the children's understanding and fear of radrigraphic examination.

 

Article

Moberg Sköld, U., Hesselmar, B., Stensson, M., Birkhed, D. (2023). Astma hos barn och ungdomar: preventionsstrategier för karies och dental erosion Tandläkartidningen, 48-58. More information
Shmarina, E., Stensson, M., Jacobsson, B. (2023). Oral health literacy among migrant mothers in Sweden: A qualitative study Acta Odontologica Scandinavica. More information
Jiang, N., Zhao, Y., Stensson, M., Mårtensson, J. (2022). Effects of an integrated supportive program on xerostomia and saliva characteristics in patients with head and neck cancer radiated with a low dose to the major salivary glands: a randomized controlled trial BMC Oral Health, 22(1). More information
Sköld, U., Birkhed, D., Xu, J., Lien, K., Stensson, M., Liu, J. (2022). Risk factors for and prevention of caries and dental erosion in children and adolescents with asthma. More information
Stensson, M., Norderyd, J., Van Riper, M., Marks, L., Björk, M. (2022). Dental health care for children with Down syndrome: Parents' description of their children's needs in dental health care settings. European Journal of Oral Sciences, 130(3). More information
Snögren, M., Pakpour, A., Eriksson, I., Stensson, M., Ek, K., Browall, M. (2022). Psychometric evaluation of a short-form version of the Swedish "Attitudes to and Knowledge of Oral Health" questionnaire BMC Geriatrics, 22. More information
Havsed, K. Stensson, M. Jansson, H. Carda-Dieguez, M. Pedersen, A. Neilands, J. , ... Mira A. (2021). Bacterial Composition and Metabolomics of Dental Plaque From Adolescents Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 11. More information
Stensson, M., Norderyd, J., Van Riper, M., Marks, L., Björk, M. (2021). Parents' perceptions of oral health, general health and dental health care for children with Down syndrome in Sweden Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, 79(4), 248-255. More information
Samuelsson, N. (2021). Astma ökar risken för hål i tänderna Allergia, 32. More information
Møller Christensen, B., Nilsson, S., Stensson, M. (2020). Developing communication support for interaction with children during acute radiographic procedures Radiography, 26(2), 96-101. More information
Karlsson, F., Stensson, M., Jansson, H. (2020). Caries incidence and risk assessment during a five-year period in adolescents living in south-eastern Sweden International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 18(1), 92-98. More information
Stensson, M., Koch, G., Coric, S., Abrahamsson, T., Jenmalm, M., Birkhed, D., Wendt, L. (2014). Oral Administration of Lactobacillus reuteri during the First Year of Life Reduces Caries Prevalence in the Primary Dentition at 9 Years of Age Caries Research, 48(2), 111-117. More information
Stensson, M., Wendt, L., Koch, G., Oldaeus, G., Ramberg, P., Birkhed, D. (2011). Oral health in young adults with long-term, controlled asthma Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, 69(3), 158-164. More information
Stensson, M., Wendt, L., Koch, G., Oldaeus, G., Nilsson, M., Birkhed, D. (2010). Oral health in pre-school children with asthma - followed from 3 to 6 years International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 20(3), 165-172. More information
Stensson, M., Wendt, L., Koch, G., Oldaeus, G., Lingström, P., Birkhed, D. (2010). Caries prevalence, caries-realted factors and plaque pH in adolescents with long-term asthma Caries Research, 44(6), 540-546 Karger . More information
Stensson, M., Wendt, L., Koch, G., Oldaeus, G., Birkhed, D. (2008). Oral Health in preschool children with asthma International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 18(4), 243-250. More information

Conference paper

Stensson, M., Norderyd, J., Van Riper, M., Marks, L., Björk, M. (2023). Dental health care for children with Down syndrome – parents’ description of their children’s needs in dental health care settings. The 26th conference of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health (iADH 2022), Paris, France, 23-26 August 2022. More information
Møller Christensen, B., Nilsson, S., Stensson, M. (2019). Interaktivt Kommunikationsstöd I Röntgenkontext (IKIR) - ett sätt att involvera barn i en röntgenundersökning. Röntgenveckan, Elmia, Jönköping, 17-20 September, 2019. More information
Ahonen, H. Kvarnvik, C. Broström, A. Fransson, E. Nygårdh, A. Stensson, M. , ... Lindmark U. (2019). “No one seems to know”: Studieprotokoll för utvärdering av ett teoretiskt ramverk för oral hälsa avseende reliabilitet och validitet i en obstruktiv sömnapné population. SFSS Årskongress, 16-18 oktober 2019, Uppsala. More information
Ahonen, H., Kvarnvik, C., Broström, A., Fransson, E., Nygårdh, A., Stensson, M., Lindmark, U. (2019). Oral hälsa och obstruktiv sömnapné- protokoll för en longitudinell studie. Tandhygienistdagarna, 7-9 april, Arlanda Airport. More information

Other publications

Jiang, N., Zhao, Y., Stensson, M., Mårtensson, J. . The effects of an integrated supportive program on xerostomia and salivary characteristics in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy: a randomized controlled trial. More information
Jiang, N., Zhao, Y., Mårtensson, J., Stensson, M. . The effects of an integrated supportive program on oral health and quality of life in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy: a randomized controlled trial. More information