Journal article

Dental caries experience in young Australian Army recruits 2008

MS Hopcraft, KE Yapp, G Mahoney, MV Morgan



BACKGROUND: Recent studies have shown a substantial decline in caries experience in Australian Army recruits between 1996 and 2002-2003, and in Australian adults between 1987-1988 and 2004-2006. However, studies in children have reported an increasing trend in caries experience between 1998 and 2002. The aim of this study was to investigate caries experience in Australian Army recruits in 2008. METHODS: A cross-sectional study involving 1084 Australian Army recruits was conducted from January to May 2008. Data were obtained from a clinical dental examination with bitewing radiographs, and a questionnaire elicited socio-demographic data and history on lifetime exposure to fluoridated drinking..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the support and assistance of Dr Miles Connell and the staff at Kapooka Dental Company in the collection of the data. The work in this paper was supported by the Australian Dental Research Foundation, the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps and the Cooperative Research Centre for Oral Health Sciences (CRC-OHS). The CRC-OHS's activities are funded by the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres program.