Revue Belge de Médecine Dentaire vol:95 issue:3 pages:9-24
In general, handicapped 12-year old do not show statistical relevant differences with non-handicapped age-matched children in Flanders regarding general caries prevalence, caries distribution and total caries experience. However, important differences were found for the restorative index showing a higher caries treatment need in handicapped children. When the results were analysed according to the type of handicapping condition, it was seen that children with borderline and mild mental handicap and children with speech-, language and/or learning difficulties show the most unfavorable picture. They have a high caries prevalence and caries experience and a low restorative index. Additional analysis of the results can throw some light on the presence of additional caries risk indicators and contributing caries risk factors.