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Title: Obsessive compulsive disorder leading to unusual dental damage
Authors: Faloudah, Ahlam
Al Shawaf, Maysara
Al Haidar, Fatima
Keywords: Obsessive compulsive disorder
OCD
Psychiatric disorder
Obsession
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Saudi Dental Society
Citation: Saudi Dental Journal: 12(2); 83-87
Abstract: Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by obsessive thought and/or compulsive action that cause(s) distress and impairment in social interaction and performance. OCD is not a rare condition in children. Its prevalence range is from 2 to 3% in the general population, with 66% being boys. Approximately 30% of these patients experience an onset between the ages of five and fifteen years. Two common types of compulsive activity are obsessive 'cleaning" and 'checking.' Children with OCD typically display bizarre behavior patterns that involve orofacial structures such as practicing excessive or ritualized tooth brushing that results in abrasion of the oral mucous membrane and teeth. Others may be mentally terrified by body secretions including saliva as manifested by continual spitting. In recent years, this obsession has come to include repeated spitting to remove the AIDS germs from the mouth. The literature has rarely reported cases of removal of body parts such as teeth as a ritual of alien and absurd behavior. This paper presents a case of a 10 year-old boy, who extracted by himself seven of his own teeth, five of them being permanent. He was under psychiatric treatment for OCD. The purpose of this paper is to shed light on recognizing dental findings in and dental management of children with obsessive disorder, including other oral destructions due to obsessive compulsive behavior.
URI: http://www.sdsjournal.org/2000/volume-12-number-2/2000-12-2-83-87.html
ISSN: 1013-9052
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