Healthy eating index is a predictor of early childhood caries

Martha E. Nunn, N. S. Braunstein, E. A. Krall Kaye, T. Dietrich, R. I. Garcia, M. M. Henshaw

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Abstract

Early childhood caries (ECC) is a preventable form of dental caries that affects very young children, particularly among low-income families and certain racial/ethnic minorities. The current study examined the relationship of dietary quality, as measured by the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), to the prevalence of ECC in 2- to 5-year-old children. Data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) were used for the study. We used logistic regression to compute adjusted odds ratios (OR) for ECC and 95% confidence intervals (CI). Children with the best dietary practices (uppermost tertile of the HEI) were 44% less likely to exhibit severe ECC compared with children with the worst dietary practices (lowest tertile of the HEI). A healthy eating pattern geared for promotion of optimal child development and prevention of chronic disease in later life may also reduce the risk of early childhood caries, particularly severe early childhood caries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-366
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Dental Research
Volume88
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Nutrition Surveys
Dental Caries
Child Development
Practice Guidelines
Chronic Disease
Logistic Models
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Healthy Diet

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  • Dentistry(all)

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Nunn, M. E., Braunstein, N. S., Krall Kaye, E. A., Dietrich, T., Garcia, R. I., & Henshaw, M. M. (2009). Healthy eating index is a predictor of early childhood caries. Journal of Dental Research, 88(4), 361-366. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022034509334043

Healthy eating index is a predictor of early childhood caries. / Nunn, Martha E.; Braunstein, N. S.; Krall Kaye, E. A.; Dietrich, T.; Garcia, R. I.; Henshaw, M. M.

In: Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 88, No. 4, 2009, p. 361-366.

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Nunn, ME, Braunstein, NS, Krall Kaye, EA, Dietrich, T, Garcia, RI & Henshaw, MM 2009, 'Healthy eating index is a predictor of early childhood caries', Journal of Dental Research, vol. 88, no. 4, pp. 361-366. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022034509334043
Nunn ME, Braunstein NS, Krall Kaye EA, Dietrich T, Garcia RI, Henshaw MM. Healthy eating index is a predictor of early childhood caries. Journal of Dental Research. 2009;88(4):361-366. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022034509334043
Nunn, Martha E. ; Braunstein, N. S. ; Krall Kaye, E. A. ; Dietrich, T. ; Garcia, R. I. ; Henshaw, M. M. / Healthy eating index is a predictor of early childhood caries. In: Journal of Dental Research. 2009 ; Vol. 88, No. 4. pp. 361-366.
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