Toothbrushing Habits and Risk Indicators of Severe Early Childhood Caries Among Aboriginal Taiwanese



The purpose of this study was to investigate the toothbrushing habits and risk indicators among aboriginal children with severe early childhood caries (S-ECC).


This was a cross-sectional purposive sampling study that included 281 aboriginal children aged 2 to 5 years living in remote regions in southern Taiwan. Participant received dental examinations and questionnaires that were completed by caretakers.


From among the 281 participants, 238 children (84%) presented with S-ECC. A low-frequency toothbrushing habit among the children with S-ECC was associated with caretakers with low-frequency toothbrushing (P = .001). The odds ratio of a child using improper toothbrushing methods having a caretaker with a low brushing frequency was 3.45 (P = .0157).


Low-frequency toothbrushing and improper toothbrushing methods were associated with S-ECC. The caretakers’ brushing frequency was a risk indicator associated with the children’s poor oral hygiene.

PMID: 22426556 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]