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

Joseph A. Guido, Esperanza A. Martinez Mier, Armando Soto, Hafsteinn Eggertsson, Brian J. Sanders, James E. Jones, James A. Weddell, Irma Villanueva Cruz, Jose Luis Anton de la Concha

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-440
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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