Dental caries and previous hospitalisations among preschool children: findings from a population-based study in New Zealand.

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dc.contributor.author Aung, YM en
dc.contributor.author Tin Tin, Sandar en
dc.contributor.author Jelleyman, T en
dc.contributor.author Ameratunga, Shanthi en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-14T02:58:54Z en
dc.date.issued 2019-04-12 en
dc.identifier.citation New Zealand Medical Journal 132(1493):44-53 12 Apr 2019 en
dc.identifier.issn 0028-8446 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47083 en
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND:Early childhood caries (ECC) is a significant public health problem, and may be associated with other health conditions. AIM:To investigate whether an association exists between ECC and previous hospitalisations due to avoidable medical conditions, including injury-related admissions among preschool children. METHODS:This population-based retrospective study involves all five-year old children who resided in one of the two contiguous regions in northern New Zealand (Northland and Auckland) and received school entry dental examinations between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2015. Eligible children were identified from the regional dental datasets (Titanium® software), and their ECC status was determined by using decayed missing filled teeth (dmft) scores. Information on hospitalisations for avoidable medical conditions, which occurred during the first six years of life, was obtained through linkage to hospital discharge data. Logistic regression analysis was performed to assess the associations between ECC and previous hospitalisations. RESULTS:11,173 of the 27,333 eligible children (40.9%) had ECC (dmft ≥1). Children from non-European ethnic origins (Māori, Pacific and Asian groups) and those from the Northland, areas without community water fluoridation or deprived neighbourhoods, were more likely to have ECC. ECC was significantly associated with injury-related admissions (adjusted odds ratio: 1.17; 95% CI: 1.07, 1.27), but not with admissions for other medical and respiratory conditions. CONCLUSION:ECC was highly prevalent in New Zealand children, and associated with injury-related hospital admissions. The findings underscore more efforts to tackle ECC and associated health conditions. en
dc.format.medium Electronic en
dc.language eng en
dc.publisher New Zealand Medical Association en
dc.relation.ispartofseries New Zealand Medical Journal en
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dc.title Dental caries and previous hospitalisations among preschool children: findings from a population-based study in New Zealand. en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 1493 en
pubs.begin-page 44 en
pubs.volume 132 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: NZMA en
pubs.author-url https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2019/vol-132-no-1493-12-april-2019/7856 en
pubs.end-page 53 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 769122 en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id Population Health en
pubs.org-id Epidemiology & Biostatistics en
dc.identifier.eissn 1175-8716 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-09-18 en
pubs.dimensions-id 30973859 en


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