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Type: Artigo de periódico
Author: Tagliaferro, EPD
Ambrosano, GMB
Meneghim, MD
Pereira, AC
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify risk indicators of high caries level at baseline (HCLB) based on cross-sectional data and predictors of high caries increment (HCI) based on a 7-year-follow-up examination in 6-8-year-old schoolchildren. Two hundred and six schoolchildren were examined in 1997 and in 2004 by the same two calibrated dentists, in Piracicaba, Brazil. At baseline, dental caries, presence of sealants, fluorosis, and oral hygiene status were recorded. The children's parents completed a questionnaire concerning socioeconomic level, fluoride use, dental service utilization, dietary and oral hygiene habits. HCLB and HCI were defined considering the upper quartile of the total caries experience distribution (dmfs+DMFS) and caries increment distribution, respectively. Logistic regression models were adjusted estimating the Odds Ratio ( OR), 95% confidence intervals and p-values. Having white spot lesions (OR=5.25) was found to be a risk indicator of HCLB. Schoolchildren with dental fluorosis (OR=0.17) or those who brushed the teeth more than two times a day (OR=0.37) presented less probability of HCLB. The predictors of HCI were: dmfs>0 (OR=2.68) and mothers' educational level up to 8 years of schooling (OR=2.87). Clinical and socioeconomic variables were found to be risk indicators and/or predictors of dental caries in schoolchildren.
Subject: Dental caries
Country: Brasil
Editor: Univ Sao Paulo Fac Odontologia Bauru
Citation: Journal Of Applied Oral Science. Univ Sao Paulo Fac Odontologia Bauru, v. 16, n. 6, n. 408, n. 413, 2008.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S1678-77572008000600010
Date Issue: 2008
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