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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 167-170

Relationship between anthropometric measures and dental caries among adolescent National Cadets Corps of Udupi district, south India


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Periodontology, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Medicine, Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Pentapati K Chakravarthy
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal, Manipal University, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0976-9668.107284

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Objective: To evaluate the relationship between anthropometric measures and dental caries among National Cadets Corps of Udupi district, India. Materials and Methods: Demographic information like age, sex, and parental education were collected. Various anthropometric measures like weight, height, mid-upper arm circumference, waist circumference and hip circumference, and dental caries were recorded as per standard guidelines. Results: A total of 211 cadets with age range of 12-19 years constituted the final sample. Caries experience was significantly different with respect to age and gender ( P = 0.049 and 0.05, respectively). Multivariate analysis was performed using Poisson regression with DMFT as dependent variable. Height, weight, BMI, and WC showed significant association with dental caries status (OR = 10.61, 1.03, 1.09, and 1.02, respectively). Stratified analysis showed no association with anthropometric measures (Height, weight, BMI, and WC) and dental caries in 12-14 years. Among 15-19 years age group, there was a significant association between anthropometric measures (Height, weight, and BMI) and dental caries. Conclusion: There was a significant association between anthropometric measures and caries status in 15-19 years age group while no association was found in 12-14 years age group.


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