Hanna Ahonen

Department of Natural Science and Biomedicine , School of Health and Welfare
Doctoral Student
Research School of Health and Welfare , School of Health and Welfare


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Hanna Ahonen is a registered Dental Hygienist and work at the department of Odontology and Oral Health. She has a Master's Degree in Oral Health Sciences and in June 2022 she defended her doctoral thesis with the title “The multifaceted concept of oral health- studies on a Swedish general population and perspectives of persons with experience of long-term CPAP-treated obstructive sleep apnea”. The project aimed to study oral health in two populations; one general adult population and one specific population of adults diagnosed with hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea. 

Oral health is an essential part of our general health and well-being. In 2016/17, World Dental federation proposed an new definition of oral health accompanied by a theoretical framework to describe oral health, its driving determinants, moderating factors and the connection with general health and well-being. The theoretical framework was set as the basis for exploration for included studies in the doctoral thesis. 

Hanna's research area is Oral Health with a special interest in the connections among general and oral health with a focus on sleep medicine, but also public dental health. 


Ahonen, H., Broström, A., Fransson, E., Neher, M., Lindmark, U. (2022). “The terrible dryness woke me up, I had some trouble breathing”- critical situations related to oral health as described by CPAP-treated persons with obstructive sleep apnea Journal of Sleep Research. More information
Tofangchiha, M. Lin, C. Scheerman, J. Broström, A. Ahonen, H. Griffiths, M. , ... Pakpour A. (2022). Associations between fear of COVID-19, dental anxiety, and psychological distress among Iranian adolescents BDJ open, 8(1). More information
Ahonen, H., Kvarnvik, C., Norderyd, O., Broström, A., Fransson, E., Lindmark, U. (2021). Clinical and self-reported measurements to be included in the core elements of the World Dental Federation's theoretical framework of oral health International Dental Journal, 71(1), 53-62. More information
Ahonen, H., Pakpour, A., Norderyd, O., Broström, A., Fransson, E., Lindmark, U. (2021). Applying World Dental Federation Theoretical Framework for Oral Health in a General Population International Dental Journal. More information

Doctoral thesis

Ahonen, H. (2022). The multifaceted concept of oral health: Studies on a Swedish general population and perspectives of persons with experience of long-term CPAP-treated obstructive sleep apnea (Doctoral thesis, Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare). More information

Conference paper

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

Ahonen, H., Neher, M., Fransson, E., Broström, A., Lindmark, U. . Views about oral health determinants as described by persons with continuous positive airway pressure-treated obstructive sleep apnea: A qualitative study. More information