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Prevalence of dental caries, patterns of sugar consumption and oral hygiene practices in infancy in S. Africa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3866649     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dental caries is one of the most prevalent diseases of man and is the major cause of tooth mortality in the young. Although the precise aetiology of the disease is unknown, scientific evidence incriminates the interaction of three factors, viz. diet, plaque and the tooth. Several studies demonstrate a positive correlation between patterns of sugar consumption and caries experience. In contrast other studies showed no such association. This study investigated the frequency of sugar consumption habits, the mother's knowledge of oral hygiene as well as the oral hygiene methods she applies to her child and the prevalence of dental caries in infants between 1-2 yr of age. A representative sample of 100 mothers and infants from 10 child health clinics were interviewed. The results show that: mothers have a limited knowledge about oral hygiene and oral hygiene practices; infant sugar consumption habits seem to be influenced by the mother's sugar consumption habits; infants are introduced to sucrose containing food and drinks at the time of the eruption of the first tooth; the mean dmft(t) value in this group of infants was 2.37.
Y Gordon; J Reddy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Community dentistry and oral epidemiology     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0301-5661     ISO Abbreviation:  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol     Publication Date:  1985 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-02-24     Completed Date:  1986-02-24     Revised Date:  2009-01-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410263     Medline TA:  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  310-4     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Dental Caries / epidemiology*,  etiology
Dietary Carbohydrates / administration & dosage*,  adverse effects
Food Habits*
Health Education, Dental
Infant, Newborn
Oral Hygiene*
Parent-Child Relations
Socioeconomic Factors
South Africa
Sucrose / administration & dosage,  adverse effects
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Carbohydrates; 57-50-1/Sucrose

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