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International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 701608, 7 pages
Research Article

Dental Pain in Children with Intellectual Disabilities: Caregivers’ Perspective

Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80209, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia

Received 14 April 2012; Revised 23 June 2012; Accepted 25 June 2012

Academic Editor: Manuel Lagravere

Copyright © 2012 Sumer M. Alaki and Niveen S. Bakry. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. Description of pain is generally difficult in children, and more so in those with intellectual disabilities (ID). Aim. This study is aimed at evaluating dental pain from caregivers’ perspective in children with ID. Methods. The study sampled 86 children (33 with ID, 53 normally developing) ages ranges from birth to 16 years old among those visiting the School of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. Caregivers were asked about their awareness of dental pain in their wards using the Dental Discomfort Questionnaire (DDQ+). The children were examined for dental caries and periodontal status. Results. The mean DDQ+ in children with ID ( ) was not significantly different from that in healthy children ( , ). Children with ID had more salivation ( ) and were putting their hands inside their mouths more often ( ). Conclusions. Caregivers can recognize dental pain-related behaviors in children with ID such as excessive salivation and putting hands inside the mouth more often.