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Dental Fluorosis in Children from Aguascalientes, Mexico: A Persistent Public Health Problem

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Program for Longitudinal Studies, Experiments and Surveys, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), Sede Región Centro, Aguascalientes 20313, Mexico
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Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico City 03940, Mexico
Academic Editor: Varvara A. Mouchtouri
Water 2021, 13(8), 1125; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13081125
Received: 8 March 2021 / Revised: 17 April 2021 / Accepted: 17 April 2021 / Published: 20 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Quality and the Public Health)
This paper estimates the prevalence and severity of dental fluorosis among participants in the first wave of The Aguascalientes Longitudinal Study of Child Development (EDNA). The analytical sample includes 1052 children in 100 public elementary schools. Dental fluorosis is determined using the Modified Dean’s Index. There is a 43% general dental fluorosis prevalence, and the estimated Community Fluorosis Index is 0.99. Five municipalities report average groundwater fluoride concentrations above the official Mexican guideline value of 1.5 mg/L. In those municipalities, there is a 50% average dental fluorosis prevalence. An ordered logistic regression analysis indicates that obesity in participants increases the likelihood of suffering more severe dental fluorosis symptoms compared with normal-weight participants (OR = 1.62, p < 0.05). Households consuming tap water are more likely to have children suffering more severe dental fluorosis symptoms (OR = 1.63, p < 0.05). Children aged 8 years are more likely to present more severe dental fluorosis symptoms than their peers aged 7 years (OR = 1.37, p < 0.05). Dental fluorosis will persist as a public health problem in Aguascalientes State unless appropriate technologies for fluoride removal from water are installed and operated. View Full-Text
Keywords: dental fluorosis; water contamination; Mexico; children dental fluorosis; water contamination; Mexico; children
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