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J Dent Child (Chic). 2005 Jan-Apr;72(1):5-9.

Dental erosion among children in an Istanbul public school.

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey.


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) dinical 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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