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Original Article

Nutritional Status and its Relationship with Dental Caries among 3–6-year-old Anganwadi Children

Kempaiah S Madhusudhan, Nitin Khargekar

Keywords : Anganwadi, BMI-for-age, Dental caries, Malnutrition

Citation Information : Madhusudhan KS, Khargekar N. Nutritional Status and its Relationship with Dental Caries among 3–6-year-old Anganwadi Children. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2020; 13 (1):6-10.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1706

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 25-10-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Aim: The purpose of this study is to determine dental caries status in 3–6-year-old malnourished children. Materials and methods: A total of 500 children aged 3–6 years enrolled in anganwadi were selected for this study. The nutritional status was evaluated by anthropometric measurements such as body weight and height [body mass index (BMI)-for-age]. Dental caries status was recorded according to WHO criteria. The obtained data were subjected to statistical analysis. Results: The prevalence of underweight was 41% and prevalence of dental caries was 61%. Conclusion: Low BMI-for-age is a risk factor for dental caries. Clinical significance: Inclusion of BMI-for-age calculation in routine case history pro forma helps in timely diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of children suffering from malnutrition.

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