Four-year follow-up of oral health surveillance in renal transplant children
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To outline the specific oral surveillance needs of renal transplant children, we report the 4-year follow-up data of 106 children examined routinely on a 6-month basis and upon request from the medical team or the parents in the interval. Data were recorded for hard and soft dental tissues, including enamel defects carious lesions, gingival status, orthodontic treatment needs, and wisdom teeth eruption. Hard-tissue lesions were noted in 34.9% of the children, caries lesions on the permanent teeth were seen in 15.0% of cases, 18.86% of the patients had orthodontic treatment. Spontaneous examination, upon request for medical reasons, was given for 26 children. Twenty-one demands originated from the parents. Over a 4-year period the attendance of a dental specialist resulted in a significant improvement in the oral health of the renal transplant children.
KeywordsOral health Surveillance Renal transplant Follow-up