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Association Between Body Mass Index and Caries Experience in Brazilian Children and Adolescents

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between caries and body mass index (BMI) deviations in Brazilian schoolchildren and adolescents.

Methods: A total of 237 three- to 15-year-old children, all undergoing treatment in a university pediatric dental clinic, was evaluated. Caretakers answered a questionnaire on sociodemographic, ethnicity, oral hygiene, and dietary information. The children's height was measured in centimeters, the weight in kilograms, and BMIs were calculated. A dental exam was done. All data were analyzed using Epi Info 7.1.5 and Graph Pad Prism 5.0 software with a significance level of five percent.

Results: The mean BMI in the studied population was 17.78 (±3.30 SD); all scores fell within the 12.5 to 30.0 BMI range. The distribution of decayed, missing, and filled primary and permanent teeth (dmft/DMFT) was statistically similar among normal weight, underweight, overweight, and obese children (P>0.05). There was no correlation between BMI and caries experience. The univariate and multivariate analysis using modifier factors as covariables did not demonstrate an association between BMI status and caries experience (P>0.05).

Conclusion: BMI deviations are not associated with caries experience.
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Keywords: BODY MASS INDEX; CHILD; DENTAL CARIES

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Associate professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. 2: Graduate student, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. 3: Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil;, Email: [email protected] 4: Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. 5: Research fellow, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Publication date: 2016-09-01

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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