Acta Scientific Dental Sciences (ASDS)(ISSN: 2581-4893)

Research Article Volume 7 Issue 2

Dental Caries Experience of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Abdalmawla Alhussin Ali1* and Karima Ali Belgasem2

1Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Sirte University, Libya
2Department of Oral Pathology, Faculty of Dentistry, Sirte University, Libya

*Corresponding Author: Abdalmawla Alhussin Ali, Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Sirte University, Libya.

Received: October 03, 2022; Published: January 03, 2023


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a set of neurological, psychological and developmental disorders that occur in early childhood. Difficulty in social interactions and communication these are the most important characteristic of individuals with autism.

Objective: Our study was carried out to assessment of dental caries level of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Sirte, Libya.

Material and Methods: Descriptive cross‑sectional study, consisted of 24 subjects with ASD 14 were males and 10 females whose age ranged from 3 to 14, the mean being 7.3. Examination for dental caries, using the decayed, missing and filled teeth index (DMFT/ dmft) according to the WHO criteria.

Results: The present study determined that 66% of autistic patients had caries, and the caries index was higher in older autistic children.

Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that educational programs regarding oral hygiene and healthy diet may improve oral self-care in autistic children.

Keywords:Oral Health; Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Dental Caries; Sire-Libya


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Citation: Abdalmawla Alhussin Ali and Karima Ali Belgasem. “Dental Caries Experience of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder".Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 7.2 (2023): 10-13.


Copyright: © 2023 Abdalmawla Alhussin Ali and Karima Ali Belgasem.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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