If the mother and father have a short education or non-western background, the risk of caries in children is significantly larger than that of the average. It shows a new Norwegian study, published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.
In the survey received 523 children made tandundersøgelse, while the parents responding to questions about the socio-economic conditions and on own tandplejevaner. In the group of parents with non-western background and education had the children, respectively, nine and twelve times more at risk for incipient caries in the enamel and tandbenet. This is due to excessive sugar intake, and lacked regular brushing.
Non-western background and education
“In the group of parents with non-western background and education had the children, respectively, nine and 12 times as likely to have incipient caries in enamel and in dentin. However, the confidence intervals for these probabilities was quite large, ie. uncertain and one should also notice that it is about 24 children out of a total of 523”, says Dorthe Holst, professor of samfundsodontologi at Oslo University, and adds:
"There is much to indicate that there is a "sweet", and not too systematic tandbørstekultur behind the numbers. Småbørnskulturen in part non-western families is different than it, which gradually came to characterize most of the nordic. We also find high cariesaktivitet among Norwegian children, but it is rather a windows - than a kulturudfordring. Fortunately, studies of the same issue, among 14-16-year-old children and young people in Oslo, have shown that the differences are blurred. A good and respectful communication with current families at risk should be able to give good results”.
Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 4 2010 or on the www.tandlaegebladet.dk