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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(5), 2423-2436; doi:10.3390/ijerph7052423

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Assessing Dental Health

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1 Department of Community Dentistry, Piracicaba Dental School, P.O. BOX 52. University of Campinas—UNICAMP, Piracicaba, SP 13414-903, Brazil 2 Department of Public Health, Lavras University Center—Unilavras, Lavras, MG 37200-000, Brazil 3 Department of Rural Engineering - ESALQ, University of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, São Paulo, SP 13418-900, Brazil
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Received: 29 March 2010 / Revised: 26 April 2010 / Accepted: 12 May 2010 / Published: 25 May 2010
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The present study investigated the distribution profile of dental caries and its association with areas of social deprivation at the individual and contextual level. The cluster sample consisted of 1,002 12-year-old schoolchildren from Piracicaba, SP, Brazil. The DMFT Index was used for dental caries and the Care Index was used to determine access to dental services. On the individual level, variables were associated with a better oral status. On the contextual level, areas were not associated with oral status. However, maps enabled determining that the central districts have better social and oral conditions than the deprived outlying districts.
Keywords: spatial analyses; geographic information systems; dental caries spatial analyses; geographic information systems; dental caries
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Pereira, S.M.; Ambrosano, G.M.; Cortellazzi, K.L.; Tagliaferro, E.P.; Vettorazzi, C.A.; Ferraz, S.F.; Meneghim, M.C.; Pereira, A.C. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Assessing Dental Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 2423-2436.

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