Social and biological early life influences on severity of dental caries in children aged 6 years

Marco Aurélio Peres, Maria Do Rosário Dias De Oliveira Latorre, Aubrey Sheiham, Karen Glazer Peres, Fernando C. Barros, Pedro Gonzales Hernandez, Angela Maria Nunes Maas, Ana Regina Romano, Cesar Gomes Victora

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Objective: To investigate the relationship between social and biological conditions experienced in very early life and dental caries in children aged 6 years. Methods: The design was a dental caries cross-sectional study nested in a birth cohort study started in Pelotas, Brazil, in 1993. The cross-sectional study was carried out in 1999. A random sample of 400 6-year-old children was selected from among 5249 live births in 1993. The World Health Organization (1997) criteria were used to diagnose dental caries. Results from the oral health study were linked to the data concerning perinatal and childhood health and illnesses and family social conditions collected at birth, 1, 3, 6 and 12 months, and in the sixth year of life. Dental caries was the outcome measured at two levels of severity (very low: dmft ≤ 1; high: dmft ≥ 4). Unconditional univariate and multiple logistic regression analysis were performed. Results: Self-employed and employees/unemployed, fathers with

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-63
Number of pages11
JournalCommunity Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Cohort
  • Dental caries
  • Early life
  • Risk factors
  • Social class

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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