The Acidity Level (pH) of Saliva of People in Living in High Radon Level Areas and Its Correlation with the Prevalence of Caries
- Dhea Ferrani Permatasari, Irmaleny Irmaleny, Suhardjo Sitam, Ervin Rizali
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- Dhea Ferrani Permatasari
Available Online May 2018.
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- saliva, caries prevalence, radon
- Radon radiation impairs saliva secretion and lowers normal pH levels, which in turn alters the balance of normal oral microflora and leads to caries progression. The aim of this research is to determine the acidity level (pH) of saliva of people living in high radon level areas and its correlation with the prevalence of caries. This study consisted of an observational, cross-sectional survey. The participants were 26- to 45-years-old, had been living in the sampled villages for 10 years or more, had graduated from elementary school, were not active smokers or alcoholics, did not have systemic diseases, did not take illegal drugs, and did not use orthodontic appliances or prostheses. A total of 100 people participated, 54 of wh lived in an area with high radon levels and 46 of which lived in an area with low radon levels. Salivary pH was measured by a digital pH meter, and the prevalence of caries was estimated based on the Decayed Missing Filled Teeth Index by the World Health Organization. In areas with high radon levels, the correlation coefficient between the acidity level (pH) of saliva and the prevalence of caries in areas with high radon levels was calculated as .062 by the Pearson correlation test. Based on this finding, researchers concluded that there is no correlation between the acidity level (pH) of saliva and the prevalence of caries in people living in areas with high radon levels.
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TY - CONF AU - Dhea Ferrani Permatasari AU - Irmaleny Irmaleny AU - Suhardjo Sitam AU - Ervin Rizali PY - 2018/05 DA - 2018/05 TI - The Acidity Level (pH) of Saliva of People in Living in High Radon Level Areas and Its Correlation with the Prevalence of Caries BT - 11th International Dentistry Scientific Meeting (IDSM 2017) PB - Atlantis Press SN - 2468-5739 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/idsm-17.2018.9 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/idsm-17.2018.9 ID - Permatasari2018/05 ER -