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Spec Care Dentist. 2003 Jul-Aug;23(4):139-42.

Prevalence and predictors of untreated caries and oral pain among Special Olympic athletes.

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Department of Oral Health Care Delivery, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, 666 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 20201, USA. BCR001@dental.umaryland.edu

Abstract

The authors assessed the prevalence and predictors of untreated caries and oral pain among Special Olympic athletes. The study population consisted of a convenience sample of 9,620 athletes who were participating in the 2001 Special Olympics events held at 40 sites in the United States, and who consented to a standardized oral health screening. The prevalence of oral pain and untreated caries was 13.5% and 30.4%, respectively. Statistically significant independent associations (adjusted odds ratios [OR], p < or = 0.05) between untreated caries and oral pain (OR = 1.50), gingivitis (OR = 1.92), injury (OR = 1.28), missing teeth (OR = 1.79), and home care (frequency of cleaning their teeth once or less per week compared with once or more per day OR = 2.13) were found. In another model, we found statistically significant independent associations between oral pain and untreated caries (OR = 1.58), gender (OR = 1.28), gingivitis (OR = 1.30), and home care (frequency of cleaning their teeth once or less per week compared to once or more per day OR = 4.60). Substantial levels of untreated caries and oral pain were prevalent and related to poor oral hygiene and poor oral health. These findings were discouraging given that the study participants represented a generally well-supported, high-functioning stratum of persons with mental retardation in the United States.

PMID:
14765893
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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