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Association between breastfeeding and eruption of the first tooth in preschool children in Nigeria
 

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  /1/2013

Authors:  M. O. Folayan*, C.A. Sowole**

Language:  English

Institution:  *BChD, MBA, FWACS, Department of Child Dental Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria **BChD, FMCDS, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Nigeria

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatic Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue Srl

Keywords:  Breast feeding; Nigeria; Tooth eruption.

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Title:  Association between breastfeeding and eruption of the first tooth in preschool children in Nigeria

Abstract:  Aim This study specifically examines the effect of the form and duration of breastfeeding on the timing of eruption of the first tooth in Nigerian children Study design The study included 398 children aged 6 months to 71 months. The mothers were asked to provide information on the duration and form of breastfeeding, and the age of eruption of the first deciduous teeth. The socioeconomic status (SES) of the child was calculated using the motherís level of education and the fatherís occupation. Intraoral examination was conducted to assess the teeth present and dentition status of the child. A tooth was considered present in the mouth when any part of the tooth was visible. Results There was no association found between the duration of breastfeeding (p=0.48), form of breast feeding (p=0.61), duration of exclusive breast feeding (p=0.41) and timing of eruption of the first tooth. Conclusion The duration of breast feeding does not affect the timing of eruption of the first deciduous tooth, neither does the form of breastfeeding.

 
 
 
 
 
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