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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 39-42

Feeding habits and Early Childhood Caries (ECC) among pre-school children of Davangere City, Karnataka

Dept.of Community Dentistry College of Dental Sciences Davangere. Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, College Of Dental Sciences, Davangere - 577004, Karnataka, 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 Davangere city. Methodology: A cross-sectional study consisting of 150 pre-school children aged 30-72 months who were accompanied by their mothers were selected. Assessment was done using questionnaire for the accompanied mothers and dental examination of their children. Later the data collected was subjected to statistical analysis using chi-square test. Results: 36% of the children examined were found to be affected with ECC. Feeding habits showed no statistical significance in this study (p 0.05). Statistical significance was observed with the increase of age (p 0.05). ECC was lesser in children brushing twice a day compared with those who brushed only once. Conclusion: It was observed that there was increased risk of developing ECC with bed time feeding habits and among those children weaned after 12 months of age.

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