Feeding practices and dental caries in an urban Canadian population of Vietnamese preschool children

ASDC J Dent Child. 1997 Mar-Apr;64(2):112-7.


The aim of this project was to determine the severity of nursing caries, and to examine contributing behavioral factors, in a group of Vietnamese families in British Columbia, Canada. The data collected became the basis for a community-based oral health promotion program. Information on feeding, dental health practices, and dental caries were collected for 60 mother/child pairs. For children > or = 18 mos, prevalence of nursing caries was 64 percent. Sixty-five percent of all children had a naptime bottle, and 85 percent > or = 18 mos had a "comfort" bottle that was carried around, and drunk from during the day. Milk was the most common beverage. A "comfort" bottle was significantly related to the presence of nursing caries, P = 0.02; a naptime bottle had a less significant association, P = 0.07. Dental knowledge questions revealed that all mothers knew that a child who had a "comfort" bottle could get tooth decay, but 63 percent thought that cavities were not a problem in baby teeth.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Attitude to Health
  • Bottle Feeding / adverse effects
  • British Columbia / epidemiology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Caries / epidemiology*
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Health Education, Dental
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Milk
  • Mother-Child Relations
  • Oral Health
  • Oral Hygiene / statistics & numerical data
  • Prevalence
  • Urban Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Vietnam / ethnology