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