Improving Dental Care and Oral Health in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

2016-12-28 23:33:29 | BioPortfolio


Participation in routine dental care is a significant challenge for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) due to a variety of factors, including considerations related to ASD symptoms and associated anxiety and behavioral challenges. Lack of routine, effective dental care has contributed to a substantial unmet healthcare need for children with ASD, who are at increased risk for excessive plaque, caries, and oral infections.

The purpose of this study is to test a parent-training intervention designed to improve home dental hygiene, compliance with dental office visits, and oral health outcomes in children with autism spectrum disorder. Families of children ages 3 to 13 years with an existing diagnosis of ASD will be recruited for participation. All families will receive the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) Dental Toolkit, which is designed to provide parents with guidance and information about dental care and support strategies for children with ASD. Some families will also participate in a 10-week behavioral parent-training intervention focused on improving home dental care and dental office visit experiences.

The study has three primary aims: 1) To improve children's functional and behavioral compliance with home dental hygiene, 2) To improve children's oral health, and 3) To reduce child anxiety and improve compliance with dental visits.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Autism Spectrum Disorder


AIR-P Dental Toolkit, Parent Training


University of California Irvine
United States




University of California, Irvine

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-12-28T23:33:29-0500

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