Influence of Caries and Oral Health Status on the Prevalence of Dental Erosion in 7–14-Year-Old-Children in Turkey

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Kaptan A. , Korkmaz E.

Cumhuriyet Dental Journal, vol.23, no.3, pp.221-231, 2020 (International Refereed University Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.7126/cumudj.748046
  • Title of Journal : Cumhuriyet Dental Journal
  • Page Numbers: pp.221-231



Objective: To determine the prevalence of erosion of schoolchildren, and to reveal the relationship between the dental caries, gingival health status, dental plaque levels and dental erosion.

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional analysis was performed on a representative sample of 473 children (aged 7─14 years). The O’Sullivan, Decayed-Missing-Filled (DMF), Plaque, and Gingival indices were used during the examination of the children. The values were evaluated using chi-square test, Tukey’s test, and multivariate logistic regression analysis.

Results: Dental erosion was observed in 21.8% of the children. Lesions were mostly observed in the enamel but less than a half of the buccal surface was affected. Erosion was found to be statistically higher in older children (p=0.001). There was no statistically significant relationship between the children’s gender and erosion level (p=0.157). A higher level of erosion was observed in children with high DMFT and DMFS values and low dft and dfs values (p<0.05); children with dental erosion had higher plaque and gingival indices (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Though limited to the enamel, the prevalence of erosion was high and was associated with age, dental caries, dental plaque, and gingival inflammation.