The study investigated primary teeth caries in infants younger than 6 years old who attended paediatric out-patients department at Tembisa hospital. The study compares prevalence of caries between breast and bottle-fed participants. A bivariate categorical data analysis quantitative study design was used. The study population consisted of children younger than 6 years who were treated at the hospital for teeth caries from 1st November to 3rd December 2010. Every child whose parent gave consent for their children was included in the study sample. A total of 245 parents consented. The data collection tool was a modified WHO oral health assessment form. Data was collected and captured in a spread sheet. Stata was used for analysis. Analyses were done mostly by presenting descriptive statistics. Bottle-fed children were more likely to develop caries than breast-fed ones. Breast-fed children showed to have a lower risk of developing caries than bottle-fed ones. Some parents did not adhere to teeth cleaning instructions for the children as some teeth were not cleaned regularly. Teeth caries were more prevalent in children whose teeth were not cleaned regularly.
- early childhood caries