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The comorbidity of early childhood caries and iron deficiency in preschool children Szeto, Ann


The overall goal of this study was to explore the dietary risk factors that may contribute to both ECC and ID. The objectives of the study were to: 1. determine the prevalence of dental decay and iron deficiency in a sample of preschool children from Vancouver, British Columbia, 2. explore the socio-demographic variables, dietary habits and dental health practices that may be associated with early childhood caries and iron deficiency in these children, and 3. explore a possible relationship between early childhood caries and iron deficiency by investigating common explanatory variables, most specifically dietary patterns.

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