Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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CASTILHO, Aline Rogéria Freire de and MARTA, Sara Nader. Evaluation of the incidence of dental caries in patients with Down syndrome after their insertion in a preventive program. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, suppl.2, pp. 3249-3253. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000800030.
The objective of this work was to verify the incidence of dental caries by means of the CPO-D, CPO-S, ceo-d and ceo-s indexes in patients with Down syndrome regularly enrolled in a preventive program. Twenty four Down syndrome patients of both sexes age range of one to 48 years were examined. The prevalence (initial experimental situation) and incidence (final experimental situation) of dental caries were verified using of the initial and final CPO-D, CPO-S, ceo-d and ceo-s indexes of the participants. From 24 individual examined, 10 (42.0%) were free of caries. The prevalence of dental caries showed values of CPO-D= 2.33; CPO-S= 3.60; ceo-d= 1.75 e ceo-s= 2.80; while the incidence of caries showed values of 2.33; 3.80; 1.10 e 1.90, respectively. Down syndrome individuals evaluated in this study presented low level of caries and small incidence of new lesions, emphasizing the importance of the maintenance of these patients at preventive programs.
Keywords : Dental caries; Down syndrome; Preventive program.