African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 16, No. 4, 2016, pp. 943-946
Bioline Code: hs16123
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2016, pp. 943-946
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Caries and dental erosion: are Soroti children and adolescents at risk from increased soft-drink availability in Uganda?|
Cheng, Jordan & Campbell, Karen
Objective: An initial field study to investigate dental caries and dental erosion in children and adolescents in the community of
Methods: A stratified two-stage cluster sample of 84 children (ages 8-10) and adolescents (ages 16-19) were recruited. A survey
was undertaken to assess the state of determinants of oral health, oral hygiene practices, and soft-drink and sweetened-tea consumption.
Intra-oral photographs were taken and reviewed to measure Decayed, Missing, and Filled Teeth (DMFT) and dental
Results: A significant difference was observed in DMFT between children and adolescents (3.7 ± 2.7 versus 2.1 ± 2.4 p=.02). A
trend of lower erosion scores was seen in children compared to adolescents. Greater frequency of sweetened-tea consumption
over soft-drinks was noted in both groups.
Conclusion: This study did not reveal any relationship between different levels of cariogenic beverage consumption and DMFT
or dental erosion in this sample group.
Caries; dental erosion; soft-drink availability in Uganda