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Comparing caries risk profiles between 5-and 10-year-old children with cleft lip and/or palate and non-cleft controls
Institute Postgrad Dent Educ, Sweden.
UiT Arctic University of Norway, Norway.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Maxillofacial Unit.
University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
2015 (English)In: BMC Oral Health, ISSN 1472-6831, E-ISSN 1472-6831, Vol. 15, no 85Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Previous studies have suggested that children with oral clefts may have higher caries prevalence in comparison with non-cleft controls but the relative importance of the potential risk factors is not clear. The aim of this study was to compare the caries risk profiles in a group of cleft lip and/or palate (CL(P)) children with non-cleft controls in the same age using a computerized caries risk assessment model. Methods: The study group consisted of 133 children with CL(P) (77 subjects aged 5 years and 56 aged 10 years) and 297 non-cleft controls (133 aged 5 years and 164 aged 10 years). A questionnaire was used to collect data concerning the childs oral hygiene routines, dietary habits and fluoride exposure. Oral hygiene was assessed using Quigley-Hein plaque Index and the caries prevalence and frequency was scored according to the International Caries Detection and Assessment System. Whole saliva samples were analyzed for mutans streptococci, lactobacilli, buffering capacity and secretion rate. The risk factors and risk profiles were compared between the groups with aid of Cariogram and the estimated risk for future caries was categorized as "high" or "low". Results: Children with CL(P) (the entire study group) had significantly higher counts of salivary lactobacilli (p less than 0.05) and displayed less good oral hygiene (p less than 0.05). More 10-year-old children in the CL(P) group had low secretion rate but this difference was not significant. The average chance to avoid caries ranged from 59 to 67 % but there were no significant differences between the groups. The odds of being categorized with high caries risk in the CL(P) group was significantly elevated (OR = 1.89; 95 % CI = 1.25-2.86). In both groups, children in the high risk category had a higher caries experience than those with low risk. Conclusion: Children with CL(P) displayed increased odds of being categorized at high caries risk with impaired oral hygiene and elevated salivary lactobacilli counts as most influential factors. The results suggest that a caries risk assessment model should be applied in the routine CL(P) care as a basis for the clinical decision-making and implementation of primary and secondary caries prevention.

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BioMed Central , 2015. Vol. 15, no 85
Keyword [en]
Cleft lip; Cleft palate; Cleft lip and/or palate; Caries risk; Cariogram; Children
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Clinical Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120739DOI: 10.1186/s12903-015-0067-xISI: 000358428000002PubMedID: 26208495OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120739DiVA: diva2:848217
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Funding Agencies|FORSS - Medical Research Council of Southeast Sweden, Futurum, - Academy of Health and Care Jonkoping County Council; Swedish Dental Association; Swedish Society of Paediatric Dentistry

Available from: 2015-08-24 Created: 2015-08-24 Last updated: 2017-12-04
In thesis
1. Children with orofacial clefts: dental caries and health-related quality of life
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Children with orofacial clefts: dental caries and health-related quality of life
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background. The current understanding on caries and enamel developmental defects prevalence and frequency, caries risk, health-related quality life (HRQoL) and stress response in young children with cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) are sparse. In this thesis these aspects were investigated in 5- and 10- year-old children with CL/P in comparison to non-cleft children in the same ages.

Design. The studies in this thesis have a cross-sectional case-control design. Participants. The study group consisted of 139 children with CL/P (80 children aged 5 years and 59 aged 10 years) and 313 non-cleft controls (144 children aged 5 years and 169 aged 10 years).

Method. Caries was scored according to International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS II) and developmental enamel defects were measured as presence and frequency of hypoplasia and hypomineralization. Oral hygiene was assessed using Quigley-Hein plaque index. Stimulated saliva samples were analyzed for mutans streptococci, lactobacilli, buffering capacity and secretion rates. Information regarding children’s oral hygiene routines, dietary habits and fluoride exposure were collected with questionnaires. Caries risk was evaluated with algorithm-based software, Cariogram while HRQoL was perceived with KIDSCREEN-52. Stress response was analyzed with cortisol concentration in saliva at three different time points using a commercial competitive radioimmunoassay.

Results. Caries prevalence (36% versus 18%) and caries frequency (1.2 dmfs versus 0.9 dmfs) was significantly higher in 5-year-old children with CL/P in comparison to non-cleft controls. In 10-yearolds no significant difference was found between children with CL/P and non-cleft controls in caries prevalence (47% versus 38%) or in caries frequency (0.7 DMFS versus 0.5 DMFS). Children with CL/P had significantly higher prevalence of enamel defects, higher counts of salivary lactobacilli and less good oral hygiene. The odds of being categorized with high caries risk were elevated in children with CL/P. Children with CL/P had similar HRQoL and salivary cortisol concentrations as non-cleft controls. However, 10-year-old boys with CL/P had significantly higher cortisol concentrations in the evening than non-cleft boys.

Conclusions. Preschool children with CL/P seem to have more caries in the primary dentition than non-cleft controls. Children with CL/P had increased odds of being categorized as high caries risk individuals compared to controls. Some of the contributing factors seem to be higher prevalence of enamel defects, impaired oral hygiene and elevated salivary lactobacilli. Furthermore, as measured with the help of cortisol concentrations in saliva, children with CL/P were not more stressed than noncleft controls and their HRQoL was comparable to a European norm population. It appears that regular comprehensive preventive oral care in children with CL/P is effective in preventing caries development in permanent teeth. However, children with CL/P are at risk of caries development and preventive oral care should be implemented and started earlier than today.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. 68 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1547
Keyword
Children, cleft lip and/or palate, dental caries, caries risk, hypomineralization, hypoplasia, health-related quality of life, cortisol in saliva, stress.
National Category
Dentistry Otorhinolaryngology Pediatrics Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Surgery Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132623 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-132623 (DOI)9789176856567 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-12-09, Berzeliussalen, Campus US, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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