Dental Decay and the Oro-Facial Cleft Affected Child: West of Ireland

Catherine McNamara, Tarun Mittal, Dympna Daly, Jonathan Sandy, Anthony Ireland, James Puryer

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The study objective was to measure dental caries experience in the cleft lip and/or palate population in the West of Ireland by undertaking a retrospective review of clinical records of all cleft patients attending between 2000 and 2016. The main outcome measures were dmft/DMFT index, ethnicity, age, gender, cleft type, medical, social and family history, preventative dental measures provided. One hundred and twenty patients were identified: 116 Caucasian and 4 non-Caucasian. Age range: 7 months to 17 years. Male:Female 56:64. Cleft lip and palate (CLP): Cleft palate (CP) 52:68, Male:Female CLP 30:22, M:F CP 26:42, Syndromic: Non-Syndromic 19:101. Mean age at first dental visit 2.6 years. Dentally fit: 96.7%. Zero dmft/DMFT 66%. Mean dmft/DMFT 1.57 (range 0-18). With a paediatric dental service in existence for 21 years, the dmft/DMFT has been significantly reduced (1.57). Where caries did present, it was related to late referral.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1035-1041
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Dental and Health Sciences
Issue number5
Early online date12 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2018


  • Caries
  • Cleft
  • Child

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