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Developmental enamel defects in primary teeth have been found at least twice as frequently in children with cerebral palsy or mental retardation as in control children, and frequently also in children with sensori-neural hearing deficits. The developing tooth germ is sensitive to a range of systemic disturbances, some of which may also affect neurologic… (More)
Traumatic injuries to the teeth are among the most serious of dental conditions, yet little is known about the prevalence of tooth or dental trauma at the national level. The National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) modified existing indices for specific use in national epidemiologic studies of tooth trauma among both children and adults. The NIDR index… (More)
This pilot study of sports-related injuries in Illinois confirms that football players do not encounter orofacial injuries as often as other athletes. The authors attribute this to mandatory use of faceguards and mouth protectors in football and recommend that mouthguards be used by all players of contact sports.
The database of the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System was used to analyze episodes of consumer product-related traumatic injuries to teeth treated in hospital emergency room in the United States from 1979 through 1987. Results showed a slight but consistent increase in episodes of such injuries during this 9-yr period. Over 75% of such episodes… (More)
The purpose of this study was to compare the assessment of caries patterns by clinical definition and by cluster analysis. One of five etiology-oriented caries patterns was assigned to Head Start children in primary dentition. Cluster analysis grouped children based on carious tooth surfaces for each child. One hundred twenty-seven of the 155 children with… (More)
The Developmental Defects of Enamel (DDE) index was used to study the reliability across time of assessment of enamel defects in primary teeth in neurologically handicapped children. Fourteen of the 48 children originally examined were available for re-examination 6 months later. The original findings were confirmed in only 6 of these children (5 with no… (More)