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Dent. J. 2017, 5(1), 4; doi:10.3390/dj5010004

Prioritizing the Risk Factors of Severe Early Childhood Caries

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, Ain Shams University, Cairo 11566, Egypt
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Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health, Faculty of Oral & Dental Medicine, Cairo University, Giza 12613, Egypt
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Academic Editors: Barbara Cvikl and Katrin Bekes
Received: 1 November 2016 / Revised: 15 December 2016 / Accepted: 20 December 2016 / Published: 6 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Management and Health Care in Pediatric Dentistry)
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Abstract

Severe early childhood caries remains the most common chronic disease affecting children. The multifactorial etiology of caries has established a controversy about which risk factors were more significant to its development. Therefore, our study aimed through meticulous statistical analysis to arrange the “well agreed upon” common risk factors in order of significance, to aid the clinician in tailoring an adequate preventive program. The study prioritized or reshuffled the risk factors contributing to severe early childhood caries and placed them in the order of their significance as follows: snacking of sugary food several times a day, increased number of siblings to three or more, night feeding, child self-employed brushing, mother’s caries experience, two siblings, on demand feeding, once/day sugary food, sharing utensils, one sibling, male gender, father’s education, late first dental visit, brushing time, mother’s education, no dental visit, decreased brushing frequency, and no night brushing. View Full-Text
Keywords: severe early childhood caries; prioritizing risk factors severe early childhood caries; prioritizing risk factors
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Kabil, N.S.; Eltawil, S. Prioritizing the Risk Factors of Severe Early Childhood Caries. Dent. J. 2017, 5, 4.

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