Assessment of single risk indicators in relation to caries increment in adolescents
AbstractBase-line data on a series of risk indicators were related to 11-month caries increment in 181 subjects with a mean age of 13 years and 3 months. A caries increment equalling or exceeding one tooth surface was recorded in 21%% of die subjects. The risk indicators consisted of past caries experience, white spot lesions, visible plaque and gingivitis, and six salivary tests: secretion rate, buffer effect, sucrase, mutans streptococci, lactobacilli, and Candida . Significant associations between caries increment and past caries experience ( p == 0.002), white spot lesions ( p == 0.01), lactobacilli ( p == 0.02), Candida ( p == 0.006), and sucrase ( p == 0.02) were observed. The ensuing odds ratios were thus recorded: past caries experience, 3.6; white spot lesions, 2.9; salivary sucrase activity, 2.9; lactobacilli, 2.5; and Candida , 2.8.