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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 3991-3993

Association of severe early childhood caries with salivary ferritin


Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Mebin George Mathew
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_9_20

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Aim: To evaluate salivary ferritin levels in children with severe early childhood caries (ECC). Materials and Methods: One hundred twenty participants were split into a study group that consisted of 60 children with severe ECC (dmft ≥5) and a control group that was free of caries. Both groups were age and gender-matched. Saliva was collected from both groups. Salivary ferritin was assessed using chemiluminescence microparticle immunoassay. The data obtained were statistically analyzed. Results: Salivary ferritin levels were higher in children with severe ECC (159.53 ± 18.65 μg/dl) compared to children with no caries (92.16 ± 12.91 μg/dl) and a highly significant statistical difference was seen (P < 0.001). Conclusions: Salivary ferritin levels were high with children having severe ECC.


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