Malin Stensson

Senior Lecturer Oral Health Science
Department of Natural Science and Biomedicine , School of Health and Welfare
Programme Manager Oral Health Science
Centre for Oral Health , School of Health and Welfare
Doctor of Odontology
Dental Hygienist

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 cariesrisk individuals? 

 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. In order to examine this effect more, a new study has been initiaded in cooperation with the peadiatric clinic at Ryhov County Hospital in Jönköping. The new study examine saliva characteristics and salivary secration in children with asthma between the ages of 5 and 10, before and during regular treatment of asthma medication. The findings of the study will be related to asthmaseverity, dental caries and health-related quality of life. In conclusion, 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 Kronoberg.

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.



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.
Møller Christensen, B., Nilsson, S., Stensson, M. (2020). Developing communication support for interaction with children during acute radiographic procedures Radiography, 26(2), 96-101.
Stensson, M., Norderyd, J., Van Riper, M., Marks, L., Björk, M. (2020). Parents' perceptions of oral health, general health and dental health care for children with Down syndrome in Sweden. Acta Odontologica Scandinavica.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.

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.
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.
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.