Title: Analysis of dental caries risk factors in the primary dentition
Authors: Vanobbergen, J ×
Martens, L
Lesaffre, Emmanuel
Declerck, Dominique #
Issue Date: Jan-2001
Publisher: Societe de Medecine Dentaire a.s.b.l.
Series Title: Revue Belge de Médecine Dentaire vol:56 issue:4 pages:258-69
Abstract: The aim of the present study was to assess indicators shown to be associated with the prevalence of caries in the primary dentition of 7-year-old Flemish schoolchildren. Cross-sectional first year data of the Signal-Tandmobiel survey were analysed (n = 4468). Gender, age, oral hygiene habits, use of fluorides, dietary habits, geographical factors and social factors were involved in logistic regression models. There was a significant difference (P < 0.05) in caries experience determined by the geographical spread, with an explicit trend of caries declining from the east to the west. A start of brushing before the age of 2 and a brushing frequency of at least once a day need to be encouraged, while the use of sugar containing drinks and snacks between meals needs to be restricted to a maximum of 2 per day. The mean dmf-t values were the lowest for the most advantaged children and where threefold higher in the least advantaged children. There was a cumulative effect of decreasing social level and oral health habits on the caries prevalence. Social inequalities in oral health among children exist in Flanders.
ISSN: 0775-0293
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Leuven Biostatistics and Statistical Bioinformatics Centre (L-BioStat)
Biomaterials - BIOMAT
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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