Oral health needs of athletes with intellectual disability in Eastern Europe: Poland, Romania and Slovenia


  • Oral health;
  • Eastern Europe;
  • disability


The aims of this study were to evaluate the oral condition and treatment needs of Special Olympics (SO) athletes from Poland, Romania and Slovenia.


A cross-sectional study was performed with data collected through standardised oral screening of athletes who participated in the annual SO events held in Poland, Romania and Slovenia, between 2011 and 2012. The data were compiled and transferred to an SPSS data file for analysis using descriptive statistics.


A total of 3,545 athletes participated in the study. Among the main findings, the prevalence of untreated decay was 41% in Poland and 61% in Slovenia, whilst 70% of the Romanian athletes had signs of gingival disease and only 3.8% presented molar fissure sealants. In addition, 47% of Polish athletes were in need of urgent treatment.


Analysis of the results obtained following screening showed comparable oral health needs of athletes with intellectual disability among countries. Exploration of the oral health systems of the countries revealed similar significant co-payments and lack of incentive for dentists to treat patients with special needs. The results from Romania, Poland and Slovenia demonstrated the need for a structured system in which a special population is a target for oral-health-related education programmes and system-included preventive, restorative and maintenance interventions.


Autor / Fonte:Carla Fernandez Rojas, Kaja Wichrowska-Rymarek, Alenka Pavlic, Arina Vinereanu, Katarzyna Fabjanska, Imke Kaschke, Luc A M Marks International Dental Journal 2015 November 25
Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/idj.12205/abstract