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Complementary Feeding as a Risk Factor for Early Childhood Caries in 18-48 Month Old Children - A Case Control Study

Maladevi M, Latha Anandakrishna, Pushpanjali K, Dhananjaya G

Abstract: Aim: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association between complementary food introduction time and pattern among children suffering from early childhood caries (ECC). Methodology: A sample of 394 child-mother pairs were included in this study.18-48 month old school children were divided in to cases and controls based on the presence of ECC. A validated questionnaire was used to find the association between complementary feeding practices and ECC. Results: Analysis of data demonstrated that the mean deft score of the cases to be 42.9. An association between ECC and complementary food introduction time (P=0.75), complementary feed along with breast feeding (P=0.15), sharing utensils (P=0.68), Frequency of complementary food (P=0.73), type of complementary food (P=0.56) and additional sugar (P=0.32) was found. Conclusion: Complementary feeding practices were not found to be a potential risk factor for ECC. However, the importance of the complementary feeding practices and oral health cannot be overlooked.

Keywords: Early childhood caries, complementary feeding, association

Country: India, Subject Area: Dental Science

Pages: 981 - 985

Edition: Volume 8 Issue 7, July 2019

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Maladevi M, Latha Anandakrishna, Pushpanjali K, Dhananjaya G, "Complementary Feeding as a Risk Factor for Early Childhood Caries in 18-48 Month Old Children - A Case Control Study", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/archive/v8i7/show_abstract.php?id=ART20199673, Volume 8 Issue 7, July 2019, 981 - 985

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