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J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2004 Aug;32(4):216-9.

Investigation of caries prevalence in children with cleft lip, alveolus, and palate.

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Department of Paediatric Dentistry, University of Leipzig, Germany. kizhk@medizin.uni-leipzig.de

Abstract

AIM:

The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of dental caries in children with orofacial clefts.

PATIENTS:

A total of 623 children aged 6-16 years with cleft lip, alveolus, and palate were included in the study. They were compared with 47,646 schoolchildren from Leipzig (Germany).

METHODS:

This cross-sectional study used the standard dental indices dmf(t) and DMF(T) for clinical assessment. Children underwent a dental examination under standard conditions of seating and lighting in the out-patient department of paediatric dentistry as part of a regular checkup.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of caries was significantly higher in children with cleft lip, alveolus, and palate in permanent and deciduous teeth.

CONCLUSION:

These assessments not only provide a baseline for oral health parameters in young patients with clefts, but also underline the need for a more aggressive approach to the prevention of oral disease to optimize clinical outcome.

PMID:
15262251
DOI:
10.1016/j.jcms.2004.02.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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