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Article: Dental caries status of preschool children in Hong Kong

TitleDental caries status of preschool children in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date1999
PublisherNature Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.bdj.co.uk
Citation
British Dental Journal, 1999, v. 187 n. 11, p. 616-620 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: To describe the dental caries status of preschool children in Hong Kong and factors which affect their caries status. Design: 658 preschool children aged 4 to 6 years from six randomly selected kindergartens in Hong Kong were surveyed in December 1997. A questionnaire to investigate possible explanatory variables for caries status was completed by their parents. Dental caries was diagnosed according to the criteria recommended by the World Health Organization (1997). Result: Caries experience as measured by the mean number of decayed, missing and filled primary teeth (dmft) of the 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old children were found to be 0.9, 1.8, and 3.3 respectively. Overall, 61% of the children had a zero dmft score. Children born in Mainland China had a higher mean dmft score (4.6) than those born in Hong Kong (1.4). Statistically significant correlations were found between the children's dental caries status and their oral health practices as well as their socio-economic background. Parents' education level, dental knowledge and attitudes were also associated with the children's dental caries experience. Conclusion: In general, the caries status of Hong Kong Chinese preschool children was similar to that of children in industrialised countries and was better than that of children in the nearby areas. However, special dental programmes should be made available to children from lower socio-economic classes and new immigrants from Mainland China because they are the high risk groups for caries in Hong Kong. © British Dental Journal 1999.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/154349
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dc.contributor.authorChu, CHen_US
dc.contributor.authorFung, DSHen_US
dc.contributor.authorLo, ECMen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-08T08:24:46Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-08T08:24:46Z-
dc.date.issued1999en_US
dc.identifier.citationBritish Dental Journal, 1999, v. 187 n. 11, p. 616-620en_US
dc.identifier.issn0007-0610en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/154349-
dc.description.abstractObjective: To describe the dental caries status of preschool children in Hong Kong and factors which affect their caries status. Design: 658 preschool children aged 4 to 6 years from six randomly selected kindergartens in Hong Kong were surveyed in December 1997. A questionnaire to investigate possible explanatory variables for caries status was completed by their parents. Dental caries was diagnosed according to the criteria recommended by the World Health Organization (1997). Result: Caries experience as measured by the mean number of decayed, missing and filled primary teeth (dmft) of the 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old children were found to be 0.9, 1.8, and 3.3 respectively. Overall, 61% of the children had a zero dmft score. Children born in Mainland China had a higher mean dmft score (4.6) than those born in Hong Kong (1.4). Statistically significant correlations were found between the children's dental caries status and their oral health practices as well as their socio-economic background. Parents' education level, dental knowledge and attitudes were also associated with the children's dental caries experience. Conclusion: In general, the caries status of Hong Kong Chinese preschool children was similar to that of children in industrialised countries and was better than that of children in the nearby areas. However, special dental programmes should be made available to children from lower socio-economic classes and new immigrants from Mainland China because they are the high risk groups for caries in Hong Kong. © British Dental Journal 1999.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherNature Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.bdj.co.uken_US
dc.relation.ispartofBritish Dental Journalen_US
dc.subject.meshAttitude To Healthen_US
dc.subject.meshChilden_US
dc.subject.meshChild, Preschoolen_US
dc.subject.meshChina - Ethnologyen_US
dc.subject.meshDmf Indexen_US
dc.subject.meshDental Care - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.subject.meshDental Caries - Epidemiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshDental Restoration, Permanent - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHealth Education, Dentalen_US
dc.subject.meshHealth Knowledge, Attitudes, Practiceen_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - Epidemiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshIncomeen_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshOral Hygiene - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.subject.meshParents - Education - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshPrevalenceen_US
dc.subject.meshRisk Factorsen_US
dc.subject.meshSocial Classen_US
dc.subject.meshTooth Loss - Epidemiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshTooth, Deciduous - Pathologyen_US
dc.subject.meshToothbrushing - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.titleDental caries status of preschool children in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChu, CH:chchu@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLo, ECM:hrdplcm@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.volume187en_US
dc.identifier.issue11en_US
dc.identifier.spage616en_US
dc.identifier.epage620en_US
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
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