Research Article
Volume 17 Issue 2 - 2018
Parental Awareness of Oral Function and Development of Children with Down Syndrome– An Online Questionnaire Study
Dima A Akkielah1* and Reem R AL Natsha2
1Dental Resident, SFH Hospital, Riyadh, KSA
2Pediatric Dentist Consultant , SFH hospital, Riyadh, KSA
*Corresponding Author: Dima A Akkielah, Dental Resident, SFH Hospital, Riyadh, KSA.
Received: January 11, 2018; Published: January 23, 2018
Citation: Dima A Akkielah and Reem R AL Natsha . “Parental Awareness of Oral Function and Development of Children with Down Syndrome– An Online Questionnaire Study”. EC Dental Science 17.2 (2018): 67-74.
Abstract
Background and Aim: The prevalence of Down syndrome (DS) in Saudi Arabia is considerably higher than the rest of the world. The purpose of this study was to assess oral function in Saudi children with DS when compared to their unaffected siblings.
Methodology: 168 questionnaires of the Arabic version of the OADS distributed online parents of children with DS in Riyadh city. The answers for the children and their siblings were then statistically analyzed using the SPSS ver. 25 data processing software.
Results: The children with DS (110 males, 58 females) ranged from ages 3.3 years to 18.2 years (mean age 9.04 years SD + 3.93 years) while their siblings (129 males, 39 females) ranged from ages 4.1 to 18.8 years (mean age 10.59 years SD+ 3.09 years). Significant differences existed between children with DS and their siblings in the function, development and signs domains.
Conclusion: Saudi parents are aware of the difficulties in oral function and development faced by their children with DS.
Keywords: Down Syndrome; Oral Function; Oral Development
Copyright: © 2018 Dima A Akkielah and Reem R AL Natsha. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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