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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 140-143

Determining toothache severity in pediatric patients: A study


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, India

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V Gupta
Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, 162, P. H. Road, Vellapanchavadi, Chennai - 77
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.27894

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To correlate sodium-potassium levels in saliva of pediatric patients having different intensities of toothache assessed by Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) in age group 3-14 yrs. A prospective study of 50 children having different intensities of pain was carried out in the Dept. of Pedodontics, Sareetha Dental College and Hospital. 50 children (aged 3-14 yrs) having different intensities of toothache including normal children (control) were included in the study. Saliva samples were collected and Na+, K+ levels in saliva were measured by using Na+, k+ colorimeter kit. Photographs were taken using Digital camera and VAS was prepared accordingly. Sodium levels decreased with increasing pain intensity and potassium levels increased, facial expressions correlated with Na+, K+ levels. Correlation between Na+, K+ levels and pain intensity exists. Also, VAS is a valid measure for pain.






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