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J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent. 2008;35(4): 677-683.
Kyoung-Uk Lim, Kwang-Hee Lee, Ji-Young Ra, Dong-Jin Lee, So-Youn An, Ji-Young Kim, Ji-Hyun Song, Yun-Hee Kim
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Wonkwang University
Corresponding Author: Kwang-Hee Lee ,Tel: 063-859-2957, Email: kwhlee@wonkwang.ac.kr
Received: May 29, 2008;  Accepted: September 23, 2008.
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The purpose of study was to compare the prevalences of severe early childhood caries(S-ECC) using two different diagnostic criteria. The subjects of this study included 401 preschool children from 36 to 71 months of the randomly selected seven nurseries in Iksan city. Severe early childhood caries was defined as (1) 1 or more cavitated, missing (due to caries), or filled smooth surfaces in primary maxillary anterior teeth or (2) a decayed, missing, or filled score of ≥4 (age 3), ≥5 (age 4), or ≥6 (age 5) surfaces. The prevalence determined by maxillary anterior caries and the prevalence determined by dmfs were 26.7%, 28.9% in 3 years, 32.4%, 30.4% in 4 years, 39.4%, 41.3% in 5 years, and 35.4%, 35.9% in all, respectively. The results suggest that the two diagnostic criteria of the severe early childhood caries yield almost the same results.
Keywords: Early childhood caries | Prevalence | Diagnostic criteria
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