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Mixed Dentition Cavitated Caries Incidence and Dietary Intake Frequencies

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Purpose: This study examined risk factors for children having new cavitated caries between 5 and 9 years old. Methods: Subjects were Iowa Fluoride Study cohort children (mostly Caucasian and of relatively high socioeconomic status) with both primary and mixed dentition caries exams and at least 2 diet diaries recorded between 5 and 8 years old (N=198). Using surface-specific transitions, combined counts of new cavitated caries (d2-3f and/or D2-3F) were determined from 4 primary second molars, 8 permanent incisors, and 4 permanent molars. Food and beverage intake frequencies were abstracted. Other factors were assessed using periodic questionnaires. Logistic regression identified predictors of new cavitated caries. Results: Thirty-seven percent had new cavitated caries. The mean new cavitated caries count for all children was 1.17 surfaces (±2.28 SD). In multivariable logistic regression, the following were significantly associated (P<.10) with having new cavitated caries: noncavitated caries experience at 5 years old (odds ratio [OR]=2.67, P=.03); cavitated caries experience at 5 years old (OR=3.39, P=.004); greater processed starch at snack frequency (OR=3.87, P=.07); being older (OR=1.68, P=.04); and less frequent tooth-brushing (P=.001). Conclusion: Results suggested that increased tooth-brushing frequency and reduced consumption of processed starches as snacks may reduce caries incidence in younger school-aged children.
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Affiliations: 1: Faculty, Department of Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla province, Thailand. [email protected] 2: Associate professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, University of Iowa, USA 3: Professors, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, University of Iowa, USA 4: Professor, Department of Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, USA 5: Research Statistician, the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, University of Iowa, USA 6: Associate professor, Department of Operative Dentistry, all in the College of Dentistry, University of Iowa, USA

Publication date: 2011-05-01

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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