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|Dental caries experience and its impact on quality of life in Latin American and Caribbean countries
|Paiva, S. M.
Irigoyen Camacho, M. E.
Frías, A. C.
França Perazzo, M. F.
Pucca-Júnior, G. A.
|Centro de Investigación en Biomateriales y Odontología (CIBO)
|Ciencias de la Salud
|Dental Caries; Epidemiology; Quality of Life; Latin America; Caribbean Region
|Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Odontológica - SBPqO
|Brazilian Oral Research, 35(suppl 01), e052
|Brazilian Oral Research
Robust epidemiological data allow for logical interventions taken in the interest of public health. Dental caries is a major public health problem driven by increased sugar consumption and various biological, behavioral, and psychosocial factors, and is known to strongly affect an individual's quality of life. This study aims to critically review epidemiological data on the prevalence of dental caries in Latin American and Caribbean countries (LACC) and its impact on the oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) of the population. Although the majority of national surveys did not include all age groups and several countries reported a reduction in the prevalence of cavitated carious lesions, most nations still exhibited a high burden of decayed teeth. OHRQoL evaluation was limited to children and older adults only, and was not included in any national survey. Study heterogeneity and methodological issues hindered comparison of evidence between studies and over time, and updating national level data on caries prevalence and its impact on OHRQoL should be prioritized in LACCs.
This paper was prepared for the consensus meeting titled “Dental Caries Prevalence, Prospects and Challenges for LACC”, promoted by the Latin American Oral Health Association and Colgate Palmolive Co. with the support of the Federación Odontológica Latinoamericana, Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Odontológica (SBPqO/Brazilian Division of IADR), and the participation of experts from the region, including representatives from national, regional and international dental associations. All participants had the opportunity to review the manuscript and make their own contributions. This paper contributed to the summary and final recommendations of the Dental Caries Regional Consensus.
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