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Title: Caries experience and oral hygiene status of blind, deaf and mentally retarded female children in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Authors: Al-Qahtani, Z.
Wyne, A.
Keywords: Caries; oral hygiene; mentally retarded; female; Riyadh; Saudi Arabia
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Edition Communication
Citation: Odonto-Stomatol Trop; 105: 37-40
Abstract: The dental health of disabled children is very important for several reasons. These children usually have associated medical problems in addition to their primary condition, and any oral or dental problem may further compromise their general health. A poor dental health and esthetics results in a diminished quality of life. It also affects their psychological status, which is already compromised in many of these children. Dental treatment is difficult to perform in these children due to behavioral problems and, often requires deep sedation or general anesthesia in a hospital setting. There are reports available on various aspects of oral and dental health of cerebral palsy children in Saudi Arabia (11, 12). but there have been no published reports on the dental health status of blind; deaf and mentally retarded children. Such information is important for appropriate policy decisions to improve the oral health of these special need groups. The purpose of the present study was to determine the caries prevalence, severity and oral hygiene status in blind, deaf and mentally retarded female children attending the Presidency of Girls' Education schools in Riyadh.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/16053
ISSN: 0251-172X
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