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CARLETTO-KORBER, FPM et al. Oral health condition of children who attended University Dental Services in Porto Alegre (Brazil) and Córdoba (Argentina). Odontoestomatología [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.29, pp.52-60. ISSN 0797-0374.

Abstract:Objective: To compare the oral health condition of children in relation to social, demographic and cultural maternal and perinatal aspects. Methods: Dental clinical examinations were performed on 92 children aged ≤3. They attended the Dental Clinic of the School of Dentistry, UNC Córdoba, Argentina (n=32), and the Infant Clinic, School of Dentistry, UFRG Porto Alegre-Brazil (n=60). The mothers signed a written informed consent. A semi-structured interview designed ad hoc was conducted with mothers or companions of the child to consider social, demographic and cultural aspects, oral hygiene habits, gestation, diet and type of delivery and lactation. Pearson-Fisher Chi2 test was applied to evaluate the significance (p <0.05) differences between cohorts. The importance of various factors in relation to caries experience and cohort was evaluated using binary logistic regression. Results: The reason why patients seek consultation was significantly different between cohorts: 100% preventive in Argentina versus 8.3% in Brazil (p <0.001), also considering caries experience (p <0.05). The binary logistic regression model showed that cohort and caries-free variables were the factors most significantly associated with caries experience. Mother’s low educational level, cariogenic diet in the baby and type of delivery indicate greater cariogenic risk. Regarding cohorts, the following factors appear as statistically significant: hygiene, age, baby’s diet and type of delivery. Conclusion: Mothers’ educational level and the baby’s cariogenic diet show increased risk of caries activity for both cohorts. Oral hygiene, baby’s diet and type of delivery differ significantly between cohorts.

Palabras clave : oral health; preschoolers; Latin America.

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