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  • Levels of oral disease in a sample of children with disability; a study carried out prior to comprehensive dental treatment under general anaesthesia

    Published in:

    Eur Arch Paediatr Dent, Vol: 8, Page: 150-2

    Publication Date:

    September 2007

    Aims & Objectives:

    The aim of this study was to audit the levels of oral disease in those children whose disability required general anaesthesia for comprehensive dental treatment

    Abstract:

    AIM: To audit the levels of oral disease in those children whose disability required general anaesthesia for comprehensive dental treatment. METHODS: An audit was conducted of oral disease levels in a sample of 51 children attending for treatment. RESULTS: The proportion of untreated decayed teeth was 72%, previously extracted 25% and restored 3%. Very high levels of debris and gingival bleeding indices were found. There were very low proportions of previous restorations and past treatment had comprised mainly extractions. CONCLUSIONS: There was a low restorative care index in both the primary and permanent dentitions indicating that high needs continue to exist in terms of comprehensive dental care for these Irish children.

    Authors:

    I. O'Leary; M. Kinirons; C. Stewart; F. Graham; C. Hartnett

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Audit » Descriptive Studies - Measuring aspects of effectiveness

    Categories:

    oral disease in children with a disability

    International Classification:

    Dental - oral disease in children with a disability

    Keywords:


    Geography:

    Republic of Ireland (Cork University Dental Hospital - convience sample consecutive cases)