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Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry

Edited by Prof. Dr. Jean-François Roulet, Prof. Dr. Dr. Niklaus P. Lang, Prof. Dr. Palle Holmstrup

Official journal of the Academy of Minimally Invasive Dentistry, the World Congress of Microdentistry, and the European Society of Preventive Dentistry

ISSN (print) 1602-1622 • ISSN (online) 1757-9996

Publication:

Fall 2010
Volume 8 , Issue 3



Pages: 277 - 285
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Pattern of Fluoride-containing Dentifrice Use and Associated Factors in Preschool Children from Ijuí, South Brazil

Feldens, Carlos Alberto / Rösing, Cassiano Kuchenbecker / dos Santos, Bianca Zimmermann / Cordeiro, Mabel Mariela Rodríguez

Purpose: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the pattern of fluoride-containing dentifrice use and associated factors in Brazilian preschoolers. Materials and Methods: A structured questionnaire was answered by parents of 432 children, who were aged 2 to 6 years, from 12 public preschools in Ijuí, South Brazil. Primary outcomes were age of starting fluoride-containing dentifrice use and amount of dentifrice applied to the toothbrush. Poisson regression with robust variance was used to determine the factors associated with the main outcomes. Results: About 75% of the participants were introduced to fluoride-containing dentifrice before the age of 2 years. The current predominant amount of dentifrice used was obtained by transversal (57.7%), followed by longitudinal deposition on the toothbrush (33.6%), corresponding to 0.3 and 0.9 g of dentifrice, respectively. Previous dental visits and maternal education greater than 4 years were associated with the introduction of fluoride-containing dentifrice before 2 years of age. The probability of using dentifrice in amounts higher than the recommendations doubled in children aged 5 and 6 years. Conclusions: Oral health interventions should reinforce the importance of early introduction of fluoride-containing dentifrice, especially in less-educated mothers. Furthermore, the amount of dentifrice should be reduced to maximise the caries-preventive effect while minimising dental fluorosis.

Keywords: dental caries, dental fluorosis, dental visits, dentifrice, fluoride

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