Dental erosion and consumption of industrialized beverages in a group of children in Recife/Pernambuco, Brazil

  • Natália Costa Araújo Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Andreza Cristina de Lima Targino Massoni Universidade Federal da Paraíba
  • Cíntia Regina Tornisiello Katz Universidade de Pernambuco
  • Aronita Rosenblatt Universidade de Pernambuco
Keywords: Erosion, beverage

Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to assess the occurrence of dental erosion in a group of children aged 5 to 12 year-old in the city of Recife/Pernambuco, Brazil, and its association with the consumption of industrialized beverages. Methods: The sample was composed of 970 children. Data were collected by using interviews and clinical examination. Dental erosion was considered as the presence of cervical lesions on vestibular surfaces with the following clinical characteristics: wide, shallow, U-shaped lesions, with a smooth surface and no clear angles. Pearson’s chi-square test was used for the statistical analysis. Results: The occurrence of dental erosion in the sample was 3.4%: 2.5% of the deciduous dentition and 1.8% of the permanent dentition. In both dentitions, dental erosion was associated with the consumption of industrialized beverages (P=0.02), especially soft drinks (P=0.004). Conclusions: The occurrence of dental erosion was low in the present study, suggesting that this type of condition does not constitute a public health problem for the population investigated.

Author Biographies

Natália Costa Araújo, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Aluna de Mestrado em Clínica Integrada / Universidade Federal de Pernambuco.
Andreza Cristina de Lima Targino Massoni, Universidade Federal da Paraíba
Aluna de Doutorado em Odontopediatria da Faculdade de Odontologia de Pernambuco / Universidade de Pernambuco.
Cíntia Regina Tornisiello Katz, Universidade de Pernambuco
Professora Doutora / Disciplina de Odontopediatria / Universidade de Pernambuco
Aronita Rosenblatt, Universidade de Pernambuco
Professora Doutora / Disciplina de Odontopediatria / Universidade de Pernambuco
Published
2009-04-10
Section
Original Article