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The study conducted by Li et al 1 on the association of dental caries and body mass index (BMI) among students in Jiangsu Province provides valuable information and insight in assessing the caries profile for rural children and adolescents for the first time in Jiangsu Province. The rapid growth and development of the province has been followed by enormous health problems in children and adolescents. This has been due to the lack of prevention and control programmes, despite the increase in the number of dentists and trained specialists and the improvement in oral health in China since the late 1980s1 2
The prevalence of dental caries among school children is 90% in some countries.3 In China, the endemic status of dental caries and oral health remains similar …
THM, WL and XL contributed equally.
Contributors THM, WL, RG, WXW, XL and PW conceived and designed the study; WL, THM, YS, YH and LH carried out the statistical analysis and drafted the manuscript. THM wrote the first draft of the paper. HHM and WLS contributed to revising it and producing the final draft of the manuscript, interpreted results and ensure data acquisition and management. All authors have approved the final version for publication.
Funding This study was funded by Jiangsu Provincial Social Science Foundation, grant number 13TYA001.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent Obtained.
Ethics approval The protocol was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Students’ Health Literacy Promotion and Research office in Jiangsu Province, and School of Public Health, Southeast University, Jiangsu Province, China.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.