The aim of this study was to analyse, tooth by tooth, the timing of caries attacks leading to dental restoration in girls with
epilepsy. STUDY DESIGN:The series comprised 60 girls with epilepsy, 8-18 years old, treated in the Departments of Paediatrics or
Neurology of the Oulu University Hospital. A group of healthy age matched girls served as control.
A tooth by tooth survival
analysis of the time between tooth eruption and caries attacks to a stage leading to the restorations of the permanent teeth was
conducted retrospectively using data from the dental health records with annual examinations.
The rate of dental
restorations placed due to caries was constantly higher in the girls with epilepsy than in their controls. STATISTICS: The difference was
significant between the first molars (p=<0.03), second molars (p=<0.02) and central incisors (p=<0.02) in the maxilla.
The present observation supports the hypothesis that factors related to epilepsy, the antiepileptic medication in
particular, might increase the risk of caries.
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