Factors associated with early childhood caries incidence among high caries-risk children

Tariqu Ghazal, DDS; Steven Levy, DDS, MPH
Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. August 2015; 43(4): 366-374.

Ninety‐six African‐American children aged 3–22 months old at baseline were recruited from a high caries risk, non‐fluoridated African‐American community in Alabama. The children had dental examinations annually following World Health Organization (WHO) criteria at mean ages 1.1, 2.0, 3.1 and 4.0 years. All children received fluoride varnish application at each study visit. Parents provided oral hygiene and dietary information semiannually by completing questionnaires.

Key Findings: Frequent consumption of 100% juice (more than two times per day) among young children was associated with lower incidence of early childhood dental caries.

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