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Obesity and dental caries among preschool children in Brazil.
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PMID:  19360227     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: This study was aimed at verifying the relationship between childhood obesity and dental caries. METHOD: A total of 2,651 preschool children were examined for this cross-sectional study in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil; 1,338 of them attended public schools and 1,313 private schools. The clinical data and anthropometric measurements were obtained in line with WHO criteria. Pearson chi-square and Mann-Whitney tests were used, with a 5 % margin of error. RESULTS: The prevalence of child obesity was 9 % (n=240). The highest prevalence was observed amongst children in private elementary schools (p<0.0001). The prevalence of dental caries was 19 % (n=504). The DMFT index was smaller in non-obese individuals (p=0.0267). The average value of dental caries, lost teeth and DMFT were significantly higher among children in public elementary schools than amongst those in private pre-schools (p<0.0001). CONCLUSION: No relationship was found between dental caries and obesity. Suitable health policies should be adopted so as to minimise the high prevalence of dental caries among this population.
Ana F Granville-Garcia; Valdenice A de Menezes; Pedro I de Lira; Jainara M Ferreira; Alessandro Leite-Cavalcanti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista de salud pública (Bogotá, Colombia)     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0124-0064     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev Salud Publica (Bogota)     Publication Date:    2008 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-10     Completed Date:  2009-08-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100936348     Medline TA:  Rev Salud Publica (Bogota)     Country:  Colombia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  788-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brasil.
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MeSH Terms
Brazil / epidemiology
Child, Preschool
Dental Caries / epidemiology*
Obesity / epidemiology*

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