Total Breast-Feeding Duration and Dental Caries in Healthy Urban Children Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • OBJECTIVE: To determine if there is an association between longer breast-feeding duration and dental caries in healthy urban children. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of urban children aged 1 to 6 years recruited through The Applied Research Group for Kids (TARGet Kids!) practice-based research network between September 2011 and August 2013. The main outcome measure was parental report of dental caries. RESULTS: The adjusted predicted probability of dental caries was 7%, 8%, 11%, and 16% with total duration of breast-feeding duration of 12, 18, 24, and 36 months, respectively. In the adjusted logistic regression analyses, relative to breast-feeding 0 to 5 months, the odds of dental caries with total breast-feeding duration >24 months was 2.75 (95% confidence interval 1.61-4.72). CONCLUSIONS: Among healthy urban children, longer breast-feeding duration was associated with higher odds of dental caries. These findings support heightened awareness and enhanced anticipatory guidance for preventive dental care, particularly among children who breast-feed beyond 2 years of age.

authors

  • Wong, Peter D
  • Birken, Catherine S
  • Parkin, Patricia C
  • Venu, Isvarya
  • Chen, Yang
  • Schroth, Robert J
  • Maguire, Jonathon L
  • Abdullah, Kawsari
  • Anderson, Laura
  • Birken, Catherine S
  • Borkhoff, Cornelia M
  • Carsley, Sarah
  • Chen, Yang
  • Katz-Lavigne, Mikael
  • Kavikondala, Kanthi
  • Lee, Grace Jieun
  • Maguire, Jonathon L
  • Mason, Dalah
  • Omand, Jessica
  • Parkin, Patricia C
  • Persaud, Navindra
  • van den Heuvel, Meta
  • Zabih, Weeda
  • Baker, Jillian
  • Barozzino, Tony
  • Bonifacio, Joey
  • Campbell, Douglas
  • Cheema, Sohail
  • Chisamore, Brian
  • Danayan, Karoon
  • Das, Paul
  • Derocher, Mary Beth
  • Do, Anh
  • Dorey, Michael
  • Freeman, Sloane
  • Fung, Keewai
  • Guiang, Charlie
  • Handford, Curtis
  • Hatch, Hailey
  • Jacobson, Sheila
  • Kiran, Tara
  • Knowles, Holly
  • Kwok, Bruce
  • Lakhoo, Sheila
  • Lam-Antoniades, Margarita
  • Lau, Eddy
  • Leung, Fok-Han
  • Loo, Jennifer
  • Mahmoud, Sarah
  • Moodie, Rosemary
  • Morinis, Julia
  • Naymark, Sharon
  • Neelands, Patricia
  • Owen, James
  • Peer, Michael
  • Perlmutar, Marty
  • Persaud, Navindra
  • Pinto, Andrew
  • Porepa, Michelle
  • Ramji, Nasreen
  • Ramji, Noor
  • Rosenthal, Alana
  • Saunderson, Janet
  • Saxena, Rahul
  • Sgro, Michael
  • Shepherd, Susan
  • Smiltnieks, Barbara
  • Taylor, Carolyn
  • Weisdors, Thea
  • Wijayasinghe, Sheila
  • Wong, Peter
  • Ying, Ethel
  • Young, Elizabeth

publication date

  • April 2017