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dc.contributor.authorArora, A.-
dc.contributor.authorScott, J.-
dc.contributor.authorBhole, S.-
dc.contributor.authorDo, L.-
dc.contributor.authorSchwarz, E.-
dc.contributor.authorBlinkhorn, A.-
dc.identifier.citationBMC Public Health, 2011; 11(1):28-1-28-7-
dc.descriptionExtent: 7p.-
dc.description.abstractBackground Dental caries (decay) is an international public health challenge, especially amongst young children. Early Childhood Caries is a rapidly progressing disease leading to severe pain, anxiety, sepsis and sleep loss, and is a major health problem particularly for disadvantaged populations. There is currently a lack of research exploring the interactions between risk and protective factors in the development of early childhood caries, in particular the effects of infant feeding practises. Methods/Design This is an observational cohort study and involves the recruitment of a birth cohort from disadvantaged communities in South Western Sydney. Mothers will be invited to join the study soon after the birth of their child at the time of the first home visit by Child and Family Health Nurses. Data on feeding practices and dental health behaviours will be gathered utilizing a telephone interview at 4, 8 and 12 months, and thereafter at 6 monthly intervals until the child is aged 5 years. Information collected will include a) initiation and duration of breastfeeding, b) introduction of solid food, c) intake of cariogenic and non-cariogenic foods, d) fluoride exposure, and e) oral hygiene practices. Children will have a dental and anthropometric examination at 2 and 5 years of age and the main outcome measures will be oral health quality of life, caries prevalence and caries incidence. Discussion This study will provide evidence of the association of early childhood feeding practices and the oral health of preschool children. In addition, information will be collected on breastfeeding practices and the oral health concerns of mothers living in disadvantaged areas in South Western Sydney.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityAmit Arora, Jane A Scott, Sameer Bhole, Loc Do, Eli Schwarz and Anthony S Blinkhorn-
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd.-
dc.rights© 2011 Arora et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.-
dc.subjectDental Caries-
dc.subjectCariostatic Agents-
dc.subjectOral Hygiene-
dc.subjectCohort Studies-
dc.subjectHealth Behavior-
dc.subjectBreast Feeding-
dc.subjectSocioeconomic Factors-
dc.subjectChild, Preschool-
dc.subjectOral Health-
dc.subjectNew South Wales-
dc.subjectSurveys and Questionnaires-
dc.titleEarly childhood feeding practices and dental caries in preschool children: a multi-centre birth cohort study-
dc.typeJournal article-
dc.identifier.orcidDo, L. [0000-0003-3684-9949]-
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