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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 784-787

Early childhood caries and feeding habits of preschool children in Guntur City in Andhra Pradesh


1 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, India
3 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, India
4 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, India

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C Madhavi Padma
Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur
India
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Background: Early childhood caries (ECC) is one of the earliest diseases affecting pre school children. Objective: The purpose of this study was to find out the feeding habits and to determine the prevalence of ECC among pre-school children of Guntur city. Methodology: A cross sectional study consisting of 100 pre-school children aged 30-70 months who were accompanied by their mothers were selected. Assessment was done using questionnaire for the accompanied mothers and dental examination of their child. Later the data was subjected to statistical analysis using. Conclusion: It was observed that there was increased risk of developing ECC with bedtime feeding habits and among those children weaned after 12 months of age.


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