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Type: Journal article
Title: Toothache prevalence and associated factors: a life course study from birth to age 12 yr
Author: Bastos, J.
De Anselmo Peres, M.
Glazer De Anselmo Peres, K.
Araujo, C.
Menezes, A.
Citation: European Journal of Oral Sciences, 2008; 116(5):458-466
Publisher: Munksgaard Int Publ Ltd
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0909-8836
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Joao Luiz Bastos, Marco Aurelio Peres, Karen Glazer Peres, Cora L. P. Araujo, Ana M. B. Menezes
Abstract: This study estimated the lifetime prevalence of toothache at ages 6 and 12 yr, the prevalence of toothache during the last month, and their association with social, behavioural and clinical exposures in the course of life of 339 12-yr-old children from a birth cohort in Pelotas, Brazil. Exploratory variables were collected in the perinatal study and during several follow-up studies. Prevalence ratios were calculated using Poisson regression, following a hierarchical conceptual model. The lifetime prevalence of toothache at ages 6 and 12 yr were 39% [95% confidence interval (CI) = (34;45)] and 63% [95% CI = (58;69)], respectively. Toothache during the last month was reported by 11% [95% CI = (8;15)]. Children who did not live with their biological father at birth, and children with higher dmf-t counts, reported a higher lifetime prevalence of toothache at age 6 yr. Children experiencing poverty between ages 0 and 4 yr, with higher dmf-t and DMF-T indexes presented a greater lifetime prevalence of toothache at 12 yr. Toothache within the last month was more likely to be reported by girls and by children who did not live with their biological father at birth. Preventive strategies should be implemented in early stages of the life cycle, taking into account the socio-economic and family context in which pain mostly occurs.
Keywords: Brazil; cohort studies; risk factors; socio-economic factors; toothache
Rights: © 2008 The Authors.
RMID: 0020125282
DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0722.2008.00566.x
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