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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

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ROJAS HERRERA, Isis. Dental caries prevalence and associated risk factors. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2012, vol.41, n.4, pp.379-384. ISSN 0138-6557.

Objectives: To determine the prevalence of dental caries and the degree of association between oral health knowledge, oral hygiene and dental caries involvement. Methods: From March 2008 to March 2009, a descriptive, observational, cross-sectional study was conducted in 100 young persons aged between 17 and 19 years suffering from tooth decay. Both sexes were included in the sample. Results: The prevalence of caries was 7.7 % in women and 8.6% in men. Most participants of both sexes had poor oral hygiene. In 24 (48 %) women and 34 (68 %) men, oral health was low. Statistically significant differences were found on oral hygiene, oral health knowledge, and involvement by dental caries. Conclusions: The prevalence of dental caries is high. The analyzed risk factors are associated with dental caries involvement.

Keywords : dental caries; prevalence; risk factors.

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