A Systematic Review of the Caries Prevalence among Children Living in Chernobyl Fallout Countries

Michael Wolgin PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Melissa M. Cheyney PhD; CPM; LDM, Oregon State University
Marit L. Bovbjerg PhD; MS, Oregon State University


The present study analyzed the data concerning the caries prevalence in children born and permanently residing in Chernobyl fallout areas. Setting forth to evaluate if differences regarding the caries prevalence can be observed compared to non-contaminated sites of affected East European countries. Methods used to assess the caries prevalence were limited to DMFT/dmft (decayed, missing and filled teeth) for the primary and the permanent dentitions. The databases PubMed, EMBASE/Ovid, Cochrane Library, Scopus, and eLIBRARY were consulted for the electronic literature search. Screening of titles and abstracts followed the MOOSE guidelines, while data extraction and the assessment of the full texts were performed in accordance to the Newcastle Ottawa Scale. ... (See full text for complete abstract)