Assessment of the autistic patient's dental needs and ability to undergo dental examination

ASDC J Dent Child. Jan-Feb 1985;52(1):29-35.


A successful clinical examination was achieved on the first attempt for 50 percent of the autistic patients. In general, autistic patients had a lower hygiene level than those in the control group, but a comparable caries index. Behavior management techniques included positive reinforcement; tell, show and do; and negative reinforcement.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Autistic Disorder* / physiopathology
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • DMF Index
  • Dental Care for Disabled* / psychology
  • Dental Plaque Index
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Health Services Research*
  • Humans
  • Oral Hygiene Index
  • Radiography, Dental
  • Reinforcement, Psychology