The effect of traumatic dental injuries on the drooling of saliva in children with cerebral palsy

Sharat Chandra Pani, Samindra Mohan Sinha

Abstract


Background: Drooling of saliva is a manifestation of abnormal function seen in many forms of Cerebral Palsy. Aims and Objectives: To study the prevalence and severity of drooling of saliva and its relationship to traumatic dental injuries in children with cerebral palsy. Materials and Method: The sample consisted of 298 children with a mean age 9.6 + 2.8 yrs. Results: It was found that children who had traumatic dental injuries had a greater severity of drooling. Treating the traumatic dental injuries showed a reduced severity of drooling in children having mixed and permanent dentition but not in the primary dentition. Conclusion: The study results concludes that traumatic dental injuries may be either a consequence or an accompanying condition to the drooling of saliva in individuals with cerebral palsy.


Keywords


Traumatic Dental Injury; Drooling of Saliva; Cerebral Palsy; Dental Trauma

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