Natural history of dental caries in very young Australian children
Mark Gussy, Rosie Ashbolt, Lauren Carpenter, Monica Virgo-Milton, Hanny Calache, Stuart Dashper, Pamela Leong, Andrea de Silva, Alysha de Livera, Julie Simpson, Elizabeth Waters
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRIC DENTISTRY | WILEY | Published : 2016
BACKGROUND: Whilst the global burden of caries is increasing, the trajectory of decay in young children and the point at which prevention should occur has not been well established. AIM: To identify the 'natural history' of dental caries in early childhood. DESIGN: A birth cohort study was established with 467 mother/child dyads followed at 1, 6, 12, 18, and 36 months of age. Parent-completed surveys captured demographic, social, and behavioural data, and oral examinations provided clinical and data. RESULTS: Eight per cent of children (95% confidence interval (CI): 5-12%) at 18 months and 23% (95% CI: 18-28%) at 36 months experienced decay. Interesting lesion behaviour was found between 18 ..View full abstract
We would like to acknowledge all of the participating families and the research staff involved in the study, as well as support from the following organisations: the National Health and Medical Research Council, Dental Health Services Victoria, Foundation for Children, The Jack Brockhoff Foundation, La Trobe University, and Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre.