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Prevalence of dental caries profile in children and adolescents in rural Jiangsu Province
  1. Taha Hussein Musa1,
  2. Wei Li1,
  3. Xiaoshan Li2,
  4. Wei Xiang Wang3,
  5. Wonmongo Lacina Soro4,
  6. Rong Gao5,
  7. Yue Song1,
  8. Yan He1,
  9. Lei Hong3,
  10. Hassan Hussein Musa6,
  11. Pingmin Wei1
  1. 1Key Laboratory of Environmental Medicine Engineering, Ministry of Education, Department Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Southeast University, Nanjing, China
  2. 2Department of Lung Transplant Center, The Affiliated Wuxi People’s Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Wuxi, China
  3. 3Department of Infectious Disease Prevention and School Health, Nanjing Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Nanjing, China
  4. 4Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety- Queensland (CARRS-Q), Queensland University of Technology, Victoria, Queensland, Australia
  5. 5Department of Medical Laboratory, The Affiliated Wuxi People’s Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Wuxi, Wuxi, China
  6. 6Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan
  1. Correspondence to Professor Pingmin Wei, Key Laboratory of Environmental Medicine Engineering, Ministry of Education, Department Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Southeast University, Nanjing 210018, China; mpw1963{at}126.com

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The study conducted by Li et al1 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 …

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