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Pediatría (Asunción)

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SOTOMAYOR ORTELLADO, Rossana; MATIAUDA OTANO, Alba; FERREIRA CABANAS, Arnaldo  e  CANESE KRIVOSHEIN, Andres. Dieta, higiene bucal y riesgo de caries dental en niños escolares de Concepcion, durante el confinamiento por COVID-19. Pediatr. (Asunción) [online]. 2021, vol.48, n.1, pp.65-72. ISSN 1683-9803.


Confinement due to Covid 19 kept children away from preventive dental care, which favors practices that reduce the risk of dental caries development.


To describe the dietary intake patterns, in terms of free sugar consumption, and oral hygiene, of school-aged children in the city of Concepción, Paraguay, during confinement by Covid 19.

Materials and Methods:

Interviews were conducted via cell phone with parents or guardíans and a child enrolled in the 1st or 2nd cycle of elementary education, after obtaining informed consent from the responsible adult, through a text message. Interviews were carried out until the sample size was completed, established at 110, with a 95% confidence interval. The interviewers were trained during 3 virtual meetings on how to handle the 24-hour food survey / counting instrument, adapted for this study.


Regarding diet, 108 children consumed free sugars (FS) at different times, 60 of them (55%) > 4 servings of FS / day, this was associated with the parents' or caregivers’ level of primary education (p = .03). At the same time, 56 children (51%) consumed FS between meals, more frequently, in the following presentations: Baked goods 48%; artificial juices 39%. Subjects brushed their teeth 2 to 3 times a day (85%).


Just over half of children ate 4 or more foods with free sugars during the day; 51% of children consumed them between meals, mainly in the following presentations: baked goods and sugary juices. These dietary patterns could put children at risk of dental caries.

Palavras-chave : Cariogenic diet; oral hygiene.

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