Influence of social class and fluoridation on child dental health

Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1985 Feb;13(1):37-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0528.1985.tb00417.x.


In this study in oral epidemiology, officially collected statistics are presented which show that, 15 yr after fluoridation commenced in Auckland, New Zealand, there was still a significant correlation between dental health of children and their social class. They also show that treatment levels have continued to decline in both fluoridated and unfluoridated areas, and are related to social class factors rather than to the presence or absence of water fluoridation. In the unfluoridated areas all the children, and in the fluoridated areas only selected children, had received regular topical fluoride treatments. In both areas the use of fluoride tooth-pastes and oral hygiene had been encouraged. When the socioeconomic variable is allowed for, child dental health appears to be better in the unfluoridated areas.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • DMF Index
  • Dental Care
  • Dental Caries / epidemiology*
  • Dental Caries / therapy
  • Fluoridation*
  • Humans
  • New Zealand
  • Oral Health
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Social Class*