Presentation and Sources of Pediatric Odontogenic Infection
Keywords:Odontogenic infection; dental abscess; surgical drainage; fascial spaces.
Background and Objectives: The causes, clinical presentation and management of the odontogenic
infection in children during the mixed and premixed dentition period should be thoroughly studied as it
differs from that of adults. The study aimed to identify the common sources and presentation of dental
infection in those children.
Methods: The selected cases were 122 (54 females and 68 males). All cases presented with odontogenic
infection, examined meticulously to diagnose the source of infection.
Results: The mean age was 6.5 years old (The age range was 3-10 years). The most common source of
infection in primary teeth was the second primary molars (38 cases; 31.1%). The most common source of
infection in permanent teeth was the first permanent lower molars (30 cases; 24.6%). The most common
presentation was vestibular swelling (56 cases; 45.9%).
Conclusion: Dental care should be provided early especially to the permanent first molars in children to
avoid losing them. Teamwork between the oral surgeon and the general pediatrician is necessary for better
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