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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 81-90

Periodontal Status of Cleft Lip and Palate Patients - A Case Series

Department of Periodontics, Meenakshl Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Untvmily uf MeenalcshChennal, 600095, India

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Background:The children with cleft lip and palate are at an increasedrisk for tbe development of periodontitis and carious lesions. The purpose of tis study was to evaluate the periodontal status of cleft lip and palate patients and to compare the periodontal status of Ullilarela1 and bilater.d cleft lip and pal.aJe patients. Method: Twenty (20) patienb with unilateral cleft lip and palate and twenty patients with bilateral cleft lip and palate aged between 5-25 years were included in the study. PI. SBI. PD and CAL were measured using a William's periodontal probe. The results were statistically evaluated using t-test and Levine's test for equality of variance. Result: Score of all the parameters measured were significantly higbee in bilateral cleft lip and palate patients compared to unilateral cleft lip and palate patient except for SBI. Conclusion: Periodontal condition and oral hygiene of cleft lip and palate patients was poor, with gteat.er cliDically sigDificant severity in bilateral compared to unilateral cases. Further .interveuti.onal studies are equired to develop better multidisciplinary tteatman protocol.

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