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Int J Paediatr Dent. 2011 Nov;21(6):432-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-263X.2011.01146.x. Epub 2011 Jul 1.

Caries prevalence and its association with brushing habits, water availability, and the intake of sugared beverages.

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Private Practice, Ft Collins, CO, USA. josephanthonyguido@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

With Dental Caries being the most common disease amongst children in the world today, there is a need to fully understand risk factors that may be related to caries prevalence and how they could be best addressed.

AIM:

The aim of this study was to evaluate soda, juice, sugared-beverage intake, brushing habits, and community water source availability as they relate to the prevalence of both noncavitated and cavitated caries lesions in small rural villages in Mexico.

DESIGN:

The International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) was used in children from small, isolated, villages in Mexico. Risk factors were assessed via questionnaires.

RESULTS:

Caries prevalence in the villages was very high, ranging from 94.7% to 100% of the children studied. The mean number of surfaces with lesions per child (D1MFS + d1mfs) having scores ≥1 (noncavitated and cavitated) ranged from 15.4 ± 11.1 to 26.6 ± 15.2. Many of the children reported drinking beverages containing sugar.

CONCLUSIONS:

Drinking sugared beverages, poor oral hygiene habits, and lack of access to tap water were identified as risk factor for caries in this sample of residents of rural Mexico.

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