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BASTOS, João Luiz Dornelles; NOMURA, Lincon Hideo  and  PERES, Marco Aurélio. Dental pain, socioeconomic status, and dental caries in young male adults from southern Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.5, pp. 1416-1423. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2005000500014.

The aim of this study was to assess dental pain prevalence and its association with dental caries and socioeconomic status in 18-year-old males from Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. A cross-sectional study was conducted in a random sample (n = 414) selected from the Brazilian Army conscription list in 2003. Dental pain during the 12 months prior to the interview was recorded as the outcome. Socioeconomic data were obtained through a questionnaire. Dental caries experience was registered according to the DMFT Index. Analyses included simple and multiple non-conditional logistic regression following a hierarchical approach. Response rate was 95.6%. High rates of inter-examiner agreement were achieved (kappa > 0.83). Dental pain prevalence was 21.2% (95%CI: 17.3-25.1). After adjustment, individuals with one or more untreated caries were 3.2 times more likely (95%CI: 1.7-5.8) to have dental pain compared to caries-free subjects. Conscripts with low family income were 1.8 times more likely (95%CI: 1.0-3.3) to have dental pain than those with higher income.

Keywords : Toothache; Social Class; Risk Factors.

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