Dhanu. G, Raghavendra Havale, Shafna T.P, Shrutha S. P, Namratha Tharay, Awaiz Ahemd, Nafiya Quazi


Oral hygiene, saliva and its constituents have crucial role in the development of dental caries.
AIM: To correlate the Total Antioxidant Level (TAL), pH and Flow Rate (FR) of unstimulated saliva with caries.
DESIGN: sixty children aged 6-13 years attended to the department of Pedodontics were selected. Caries Active (CA, n=30) and Caries Free (CF,
METHODOLOGY: Salivary antioxidant level estimated by Phosphomolybdenum method, pH by digital pH meter and FR measured in
RESULTS: Total antioxidant level was significantly high in CA (0.19) than CF children (0.08), pH (CA: 5.96, CF: 7.13) and FR (CA: 0.32 ml/min,
CF: 0.42 ml/min) were less in caries active and more in free group.
CONCLUSION: Higher level of total antioxidant level, lower level of pH and FR among caries active children can be used as a caries risk


Caries, Salivary pH, Flow rate, Total antioxidant level

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