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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 402-405

Relation of caries status on the salivary total antioxidant levels in asthmatic children


1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Children Dentistry, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Biochemistry, K.S. Hegde Medical Academy, Derlakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Amitha M Hegde
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Children Dentistry, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Derlakatte, Mangalore 575 018, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0976-237X.107426

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Aim: To study the correlation between the caries status and the salivary antioxidant levels among asthmatic children. Settings and Design: One hundred children within the age group of 6 12 years were selected and equally subdivided into children having a history of asthma and their healthy siblings. Materials and Methods: Salivary antioxidant levels were assessed using spectrophotometric method, and the caries status was recorded using DMFT (Decayed, missing and Filled Teeth Index) and dft (decayed, filled teeth index) index. Result: The salivary antioxidant levels were reduced among the asthmatic children which was statistically highly significant, whereas the caries prevalence was reduced, but not statistically significant.


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