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Three- to 21-year-old Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Parents' Perceptions of Severity of Symptoms, Oral Health, and Oral Health-related Behavior.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23265164     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE: The purpose was to explore the relationship between the level of functioning (listening/talking/reading/daily self-care/care at home/social skills) of three to 21-year-old patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and their oral health and oral health-related behavior (brushing, flossing, dental visits).
METHODS: Survey data were collected from 85 parents of ASD patients. Patients' level of functioning was determined with a short version of the Survey Interview Form of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (2nd edition).
RESULTS: The patients ranged from very low to high levels of functioning. Oral health correlated with the ability to: listen (r=.53; P<.001); talk (r=.40; P<.001); read (r=.30; P<.01); engage in daily self-care (r=.36; P<.001); engage in care at home (r=.44; P<.001); and demonstrate social skills (r=.36; P<.001). The parents' comfort levels concerning brushing and flossing their children's teeth and taking their children to the dentist varied considerably and correlated with children's level of functioning. Frequency of tooth-brushing correlated with listening skills (r=31; P<.01); the frequency of flossing correlated with the ability to talk (r=.31; P<.01).
CONCLUSIONS: Understanding the relationships between level of functioning of children with ASDs and their oral health and oral health-related behavior could increase dentists' ability to provide the best possible care for these patients.
Taryn N Weil; Marita Rohr Inglehart
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric dentistry     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1942-5473     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Dent     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909102     Medline TA:  Pediatr Dent     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  473-9     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
General dentist in private practice, Washington, D.C., USA.
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