Journal article

Risk factors for dental caries among children with cerebral palsy in a low-resource setting

Rahena Akhter, Nur Mohammad Monsur Hassan, Elizabeth F Martin, Mohammad Muhit, Mohammad Raziul Haque, Hayley Smithers-Sheedy, Cheryl Jones, Nadia Badawi, Gulam Khandaker



AIM: To describe the oral health status and investigate factors affecting dental caries experience among children with cerebral palsy (CP) in rural Bangladesh. METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted among children with CP who are part of the Bangladesh Cerebral Palsy Register (BCPR) study. Caries experience was measured by identifying decayed, missing, and filled teeth for deciduous and permanent teeth (dmft/DMFT). Clinical periodontal index, body mass index, oral hygiene behaviour, masticatory ability, and dietary habits were recorded. CP motor types and severity of functional mobility (Gross Motor Function Classification System [GMFCS]) were assessed. RESULTS: Of 90 children with CP..

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Awarded by Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Awarded by NHMRC Health Early Career Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the Child Sight Foundation (CSF) team in Bangladesh for their cordial support in both implementing this project as well as supporting the families of children with CP in their referrals and access to services. We would also like to thank the children with CP and their families for their participation in this study and their ongoing participation in the Bangladesh CP Register. This study has been partially funded by the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance (PG4314 - Bangladesh CP Register: IT Set Up) and internal funding from the Child Sight Foundation (CSF), Bangladesh. GK is supported by NHMRC Health Early Career Fellowship (1054414).