PERES, Marco Aurélio; PERES, Karen Glazer; ANTUNES, José Leopoldo Ferreira et al. The association between socioeconomic development at the town level and the distribution of dental caries in Brazilian children. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Washington, v. 14, n. 3, p. 149-157, sept. 2003. Disponível em Scielo

The multiple linear regression analysis showed that a higher dmft index was associated with a low child development index, a high illiteracy rate, and an unfluoridated  water supply. The child development index was significantly associated with the care index, and the number of dentists in the public service per 10 000 inhabitants showed borderline statistical significance. Our results indicate that town-level indices of socioeconomic status are significantly correlated with caried indices. Our results also emphasize the beneficial effect that fluoridating water has on reducing the prevalence of dental caries and the fact that strategies for treating and preventing oral diseases should be emphasized within the context of overall health promotion for children.