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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 41, Issue 12, pp 1629–1634 | Cite as

Characteristics and Dental Experiences of Autistic Children in Saudi Arabia: Cross-sectional Study

  • Ebtissam Z. Murshid
Original paper

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to report base line information about characteristics, and dental experiences of a group of autistic children in three major cities of Saudi Arabia. Most of the children (76.2%) included in the study were diagnosed with autism before the age of 5 years. More than half of the children (53.7%) had no previous dental experience while 33% were treated under general anesthesia. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations should be applied in Saudi Arabia to help improve the average age of diagnosis and make a positive effect on children with autism and their families. Regular visits to dental clinics should be recommended to all families with autistic children to reduce dental disease.

Keywords

Autism Saudi Arabia Diagnosis age Disabilities Dental experiences 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of DentistryKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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