Background: Visually impaired children have high prevalence of dental caries. The present study was conducted to assess dental caries in visually impaired children. Materials & Methods: The present study was conducted on 160 visually impaired children. The prevalence of dental caries was recorded in partial and total blind children with the help of mirror, probe, twizzer. Results: Out of 160 subjects, boys were 70 and girls were 90. The difference was non- significant (P- 0.5). Out of 70 boys, 45 were partial blind and 25 were total blind, 60 girls were partial blind and 30 were total blind. The difference was significant (P- 0.05). 4-6 years had 25 boys and 30 girls, 7-9 years had 30 boys and 40 girls and 10-12 years had 15 boys and 20 girls. The difference was significant (P- 0.01). Out of 45 boys with partial blindness, 35 had caries. Out of 25 total blind boy, 20 had caries. Out of 60 partial blind girls, 52 had caries and 22 total blind girls had dental caries. Conclusion: Visually impaired children have higher prevalence of dental caries. There is need to assess the oral cavity carefully in order to prevent progression of dental caries.
Key words: Dental caries, Partial blind, visually impaired
Corresponding author: Dr. Prashant Babaji, Professor, Department of Pedodontics, Sharavathi Dental College, Shimoga, Karnataka
This article may be cited as: Babaji P. Assessment of Dental Caries in Visually Impaired Children- A Clinical Study. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2017;5(9):124-126.