Chronic malnutrition, dental caries, and tooth exfoliation in Peruvian children aged 3-9 years.

@article{Alvarez1988ChronicMD,
  title={Chronic malnutrition, dental caries, and tooth exfoliation in Peruvian children aged 3-9 years.},
  author={Jesus Alvarez and Christine A. Lewis and C Saman and J H Caceda and Jessica A Montalvo and Miriam Figueroa and Juan Jose Pons Izquierdo and Luis Caravedo and JuanM. Navia},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  year={1988},
  volume={48 2},
  pages={
          368-72
        }
}
A cross-sectional evaluation of dental caries in primary teeth and nutritional status was conducted involving 285 Peruvian children from low socioeconomic conditions aged 3-9 y. Forty-nine percent of the children were found to be chronically malnourished (stunted) whereas acute malnutrition (wasting) was infrequent (2%). Stunted children showed a delayed exfoliation of primary teeth. The caries prevalence curve as a function of age (ie, a plot of decayed, extracted, and filled teeth vs age) was… CONTINUE READING
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