Comparative evaluation of the dental caries status among autistic and non-autistic children
Keywords:Autism, health, children, obesity, oral status.
A community based cross-sectional study was conducted at the National Autism Society of Malaysia. The objective of the study was to report the physical health status of children with autism in Malaysia. Sixtyâ€“nine children participated in study. Each child underwent a routine medical and oral health examination. Significant variation in weight, and oral health status was observed in the participants. As per CDC weight chart, 17%
of the study populations were observed to be obese, 4% were overweight and 9% were underweight. Participants were also screened for routine medical examination for lung, heart and abdomen abnormalities. All were reported normal except 25% of study group showed low blood pressure. An examination of the oral health status of the participants revealed that 35% had plaque; 7% had calculus and 25% showed caries.
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