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Child oral health in migrant families: a cross-sectional study

11 / 10 / 16

Early childhood caries is the most common, preventable disease of childhood. This cross sectional analysis of caries data from a sample of 630 1-4 year old children of migrant families from Iraq, Lebanon and Pakistan found 34% of children experienced caries. An analysis of associations found parents length of residence in Australia, consumption of sweet drinks and parental education were independent predictors of caries experience. Adding sugar to drinks was an additional risk factor. Ethnicity was associated with some individual oral health behaviours suggesting cultural influences, although these were not independent of other predictors. The authors concluded culturally competent oral health promotion should support migrant families with young children and focus on reducing sweet drink consumption.

Gibbs L, de Silva AM, Christian B et al. Child oral health in migrant families: a cross-sectional study of caries in 1-4 year old children of migrant backgrounds residing in Melbourne, Australia. Community Dental Health 2016;33(2):100-6 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27352463