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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2010 May;7(5):2423-36. doi: 10.3390/ijerph7052423. Epub 2010 May 25.

Geographic information systems (GIS) in assessing dental health.

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Department of Community Dentistry, Piracicaba Dental School, P.O. BOX 52. University of Campinas-UNICAMP, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil. stela@fop.unicamp.br

Abstract

The present study investigated the distribution profile of dental caries and its association with areas of social deprivation at the individual and contextual level. The cluster sample consisted of 1,002 12-year-old schoolchildren from Piracicaba, SP, Brazil. The DMFT Index was used for dental caries and the Care Index was used to determine access to dental services. On the individual level, variables were associated with a better oral status. On the contextual level, areas were not associated with oral status. However, maps enabled determining that the central districts have better social and oral conditions than the deprived outlying districts.

KEYWORDS:

dental caries; geographic information systems; spatial analyses

PMID:
20623033
PMCID:
PMC2898058
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph7052423
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