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Reshuffling the Risk Factors of Severe Early Childhood Caries

Version 1 : Received: 1 November 2016 / Approved: 1 November 2016 / Online: 1 November 2016 (06:56:46 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 3 November 2016 / Approved: 3 November 2016 / Online: 3 November 2016 (08:39:30 CET)

A peer-reviewed article of this Preprint also exists.

Kabil, N.S.; Eltawil, S. Prioritizing the Risk Factors of Severe Early Childhood Caries. Dent. J. 2017, 5, 4. Kabil, N.S.; Eltawil, S. Prioritizing the Risk Factors of Severe Early Childhood Caries. Dent. J. 2017, 5, 4.


Severe early childhood caries remains the most common chronic disease affecting children. Its multifactorial etiology has established a controversy about which risk factors were more significant to its development. Therefore our study aimed through meticulous statistical analysis to arrange the “well agreed upon” common risk factors in order of significance, to aid the clinician in tailoring an adequate preventive program for this affected age group. The study reshuffled the risk factors contributing to severe early childhood caries and placed them in the order of their significance as follows: snacking of sugary food several times a day, increased number of siblings to 3 or more, night feeding, child self-employed brushing, mother caries experience, 2 siblings, on demand feeding, once/day sugary food, sharing utensils, 1 Sibling, male gender, father’s education, late first child dental visit, brushing time, mother’s education, no dental visit, decreased brushing frequency & no night brushing.


severe early childhood caries; risk factors


Medicine and Pharmacology, Dentistry and Oral Surgery

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