The effect of nutritional status on the age distribution of dental caries in the primary teeth.

@article{Alvarez1990TheEO,
  title={The effect of nutritional status on the age distribution of dental caries in the primary teeth.},
  author={Jesus Alvarez and J C Eguren and J H Caceda and Juan M Navia},
  journal={Journal of dental research},
  year={1990},
  volume={69 9},
  pages={1564-6}
}
A cross-sectional study of dental caries in the primary teeth as a function of nutritional status was conducted on 1481 children one to 13 years old in Lima, Perú. Forty-one percent of the children were found to be chronically malnourished (stunted), 3% were acutely malnourished (wasted), and 5% were both stunted and wasted. A plot of decayed, extracted, and filled teeth (deft) vs. age resulted in a bell-shaped curve that was shifted to the right by 2.5 years for malnourished groups, compared… CONTINUE READING