Relationship between feeding habits and mutans streptococci colonization in a group of Spanish children aged 15-20 months.

Marta Lamas, Angel González, Elena Barbería, Franklin Garcia-Godoy

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PURPOSES: (1) To determine the prevalence of mutans streptococci (MS) in a group of Spanish children aged 15-20 months, and (2) to analyze the relationship between early colonization and feeding habits. METHODS: In a group of 56 children, various feeding habits with a possible influence on early MS colonization were registered using a questionnaire; saliva samples were taken with a tongue blade in order to detect MS presence. RESULTS: As many as 73% of the children used a nursing bottle at this age, often with sugar content (cereal was added in 83% of children, who were still bottle-fed). The percentage of MS colonization was relatively high (46%), although no child presented caries at the time. A statistically significant relationship (P < 0.05) was found between MS colonization and sweetening of the bottle contents. A relation was also found, though not significant, between MS colonization and the absence of breastfeeding or, on the other hand, the excessive prolongation of natural or artificial feeding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Dentistry
Volume16 Spec No
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Streptococcus mutans
Habits
Nutritional Support
Breast Feeding
Saliva
Tongue
Nursing

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Relationship between feeding habits and mutans streptococci colonization in a group of Spanish children aged 15-20 months. / Lamas, Marta; González, Angel; Barbería, Elena; Garcia-Godoy, Franklin.

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