PhD defence A.W. (Agatha) van Meijeren-van Lunteren

From Disparity to Potential: Nutritional and Social Determinants of Children’s Oral Health

Prof. dr. E.B. Wolvius


Dr. L. Kragt

Wednesday 15 Feb 2023, 10:30 - 12:00
PhD defence
Professor Andries Querido room
Education Center
Erasmus MC
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A.W. van Meijeren-van Lunteren will defend her PhD dissertation on Tuesday 15 February 2023, entitled: ’From Disparity to Potential: Nutritional and Social Determinants of Children’s Oral Health ‘.


Dental caries is one of the most common chronic conditions among children worldwide. Especially children with low-socioeconomic or non-native backgrounds are affected with dental caries. However, a full understanding of the process driving the high incidence of dental caries, especially among disadvantaged groups, is lacking. Therefore, it is important to identify these determinants and  to expand the knowledge on prevention of dental caries during childhood by studying the broader living environment of children. The studies presented in this thesis were designed to identify nutritional and social determinants that are associated with dental caries over the early life-course using a population based prospective birth cohort (Generation R), and to identify intervention strategies that could reduce oral health inequalities during childhood. The results of this thesis showed that several nutritional and social-environmental determinants during early childhood until young adulthood are associated with dental caries in the primary and permanent dentition. The findings of this thesis highlight the importance of reducing dental caries and oral health inequalities from an early age onwards using a multidisciplinary approach.

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The public defence will begin exactly at 10.30 hrs. The doors will be closed once the public defence starts, latecomers can access the hall via the fourth floor. Due to the solemn nature of the ceremony, we recommend that you do not take children under the age of 6 to the first part of the ceremony.

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