Dental caries and sugar intake of children from rural areas with different water fluoride levels in ParaÃ„Â±Ã‚Â´ba, Brazil
: Sampaio FC, Nazmul Hossain ANM, von der Fehr FR, Arneberg P
: Blackwell Synergy
Few reports have investigated caries prevalence in rural areas of Brazil.
Objective: The aim of this study was to observe the caries prevalence (DMFT,
DMFS) in 12-year-old children living in rural villages of ParaÃ„Â±Ã‚Â´ba, Brazil with low
and moderate fluoride levels in the drinking water and to relate it to sugar intake
and oral hygiene. Methods: One hundred and ninety four children from 13 villages
were grouped according to the water fluoride levels: low fluoride (LF, ,0.2 ppm
F, 96 children) and moderate fluoride (MF, 0.7Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1.0 ppm F, 98 children). Caries
and oral hygiene (OHI-S) were scored according to WHO criteria. Sugar intake
was assessed through interviews.
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