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Women are more susceptible to caries but individuals born with clefts are not

Vieira, AR and Jindal, A and McMeans, M and Narayanan, S and Rose, EK and Jain, S and Marazita, ML and Menezes, R and Letra, A and Carvalho, FM and Brandon, CA and Resick, JM and Mereb, JC and Poletta, FA and Lopez-Camelo, JS and Castilla, EE and Orioli, IM (2011) Women are more susceptible to caries but individuals born with clefts are not. International Journal of Dentistry. ISSN 1687-8728

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The identification of individuals at a higher risk of developing caries is of great interest. Isolated forms of cleft lip and palate are among the most common craniofacial congenital anomalies in humans. Historically, several reports suggest that individuals born with clefts have a higher risk for caries. Caries continues to be the most common infectious noncontagious disease worldwide and a great burden to any health system. The identification of individuals of higher susceptibility to caries is of great interest. In this paper, we assessed caries experience of 1,593 individuals from three distinct populations. The study included individuals born with clefts, their unaffected relatives, and unrelated unaffected controls that were recruited from areas with similar cultural pressures and limited access to dental care. DMFT/dmft scores were obtained, and caries experience rates were compared among the three groups in each geographic area. Individuals born with clefts did not present higher caries experience in comparison to their unaffected relatives or unrelated unaffected controls. Women tend to present higher caries rates in comparison to men. Our work provides strong evidence that individuals born with clefts are not at higher risk to caries; however, women tend to have more severe caries experience. © 2011 Aditi Jindal et al.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Vieira, ARarv11@pitt.eduARV11
Jindal, A
McMeans, M
Narayanan, S
Rose, EK
Jain, S
Marazita, MLmarazita@pitt.eduMARAZITA
Menezes, R
Letra, A
Carvalho, FM
Brandon, CA
Resick, JM
Mereb, JC
Poletta, FA
Lopez-Camelo, JS
Castilla, EE
Orioli, IM
Date: 16 September 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Dentistry
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1155/2011/454532
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1687-8728
Other ID: NLM PMC3124302
PubMed Central ID: PMC3124302
PubMed ID: 21747859
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 19:18
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2022 20:49


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