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Caries Res. 1993;27(2):154-60.

The Finnish Family Competence Study: the relationship between caries, dental health habits and general health in 3-year-old Finnish children.

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Department of Public Health, University of Turku, Finland.


The aim of this study was to examine how dental health related habits, infectious diseases and long-term illness are associated with dental health at the age of 3 in first-born children resident in a Finnish province. The study was designed as a survey using stratified randomised cluster sampling, confidential questionnaires and clinical dental examinations. The results were analysed using polytomous logistic models. In the stepwise analysis the only statistically significant explanatory factors were the use of juice at night and dental cleanliness. Antibiotic treatment or long-term illness was not significantly associated with dental health.

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