Dental health of patients suffering from cystic fibrosis in Northern Ireland

Community Dent Health. 1989 Jun;6(2):113-20.


131 patients suffering from cystic fibrosis were compared with a similar number of matched healthy control subjects. The cystic fibrosis patients had significantly lower levels of gingivitis and plaque and a significantly higher prevalence of calculus. They had significantly less caries in the deciduous dentition than their controls. There was also a lower experience of caries in the permanent dentition although the difference between the two groups was not so marked in this case.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Cystic Fibrosis*
  • Dental Calculus / epidemiology
  • Dental Caries / epidemiology
  • Dental Plaque / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Gingivitis / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Northern Ireland
  • Tooth Diseases / epidemiology*