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Dental Erosion Among Children in an Istanbul Public School

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence, clinical manifestations, and etiology of dental erosion among children. A total of 153 healthy, 11-year-old children were sampled from a downtown public school in Istanbul, Turkey comprised of middle-class children. Data were obtained via: (1) clinical examination; (2) questionnaire; and (3) standardized data records. A new dental erosion index for children designed by O'Sullivan (2000) was used. Twenty-eight percent (N=43) of the children exhibited dental erosion. Of children who consumed orange juice, 32% showed erosion, while 40% who consumed carbonated beverages showed erosion. Of children who consumed fruit yogurt, 36% showed erosion. Of children who swam professionally in swimming pools, 60% showed erosion. Multiple regression analysis revealed no relationship between dental erosion and related erosive sources (P>.05).
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Keywords: DENTAL EROSION PREVALENCE; FRUIT YOGURT; ISTANBUL; ORANGE JUICE; SWIMMING

Document Type: Case Report

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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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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