Association of oral health status with the CD4+ cell count in children living with HIV in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Kimiyo Kikuchi, Yusuke Furukawa, Sovannary Tuot, Khuondyla Pal, Chantheany Huot, Siyan Yi

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Abstract

The association between oral and overall health, and particularly between dental and immune health, in children living with HIV remains unclear. This study examined the association between the decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) score and CD4+ cell counts in 142 children living with HIV aged 8–15 years (male, 51%) from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Other indicators of oral health (e.g., debris index, salivary flow, salivary pH and oral health-related quality of life) and overall health (e.g., nutritional status and quality of life) were also evaluated. DMFT scores were negatively associated with the CD4+ cell count in male children (β: −0.13, 95% confidence interval [CI]: −0.25, −0.02). In all children, positive associations were observed between salivary pH and CD4+ count (β: −0.645, 95% CI: 0.02, 1.25) and between salivary flow and height-for-age Z-score (β: 1.22, 95% CI: 0.50, 1.95). The debris index was negatively associated with the height-for-age Z-score (β: −2.04, 95% CI: −3.38, −0.71). In summary, oral health was associated with immune and nutritional status. Oral health policies for children living with HIV should be emphasised, and further studies should evaluate the mechanism underlying the relationship between oral and overall health.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14610
JournalScientific reports
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2019

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