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Selenium and dental caries:An investigation among school children of oregon

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Journal
The Journal of Pediatrics
0022-3476
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
40
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3476(52)80207-0

Abstract

Summary A study was conducted for the purpose of ascertaining the relationship between the trace element selenium and the degree of susceptibility to dental caries observed among native born and reared school children in the counties of Clatsop and Klamath of Oregon. It was found that a direct relationship existed between the prevalence of dental caries on one hand and the urinary selenium concentrations of the subjects on the other. The results of this investigation suggest the possibility that, in an as yet unknown manner, the trace element selenium may render the teeth more susceptible to caries attack. Further studies are necessary for a better understanding of the selenium-dental caries relationship.

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