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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 440-445

Correlation of mother and child's taste perception and their caries experience

1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Orthodontics, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. A J Sai Sankar
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ccd.ccd_726_18

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Aim and Background: Nowadays, clinical assessment of caries susceptibility is evaluated by the individuals taste perception. As food habits of the child are mostly influenced by the parents (mothers), it would be beneficial to assess the relation between mother and child's taste status and their caries experience to predict the caries susceptibility of the child. Methodology: A convenience sample of 310 mother–child dyads of both the sexes were selected. After obtaining the data on the taste preferences, dietary habits, and oral hygiene practices, caries experience of both the mother and child were recorded using the DMFT and defs indices, followed by the taste assessment using 6-n propylthiouracil (PROP) tester strips. Results: Irrespective of the taste status, the majority of the mother and child dyads showed preference to sweet foods. A statistically significant relationship between taste status and caries experience was noticed among mothers and children individually. However, there was no significant association between mother and child taste status. Whereas, a weak-positive correlation is observed between the mother and child's caries experience. The children of supertaster mothers have relatively less caries experience compared to children of moderate and nontaster mothers, which was not statistically significant. Conclusion: Mother's taste perception or caries experience may not always be a risk predictor for their child's caries experience, but the PROP tester strips were very effective in predicting the caries risk of an individual.

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