Which children’s teeth need to get better?
We’ve been told we need to have healthy teeth, but what’s actually needed?
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While the study of dental health among preschool-age children in the US was published in the journal Pediatric Dentistry , the results are potentially more important because it’s the first to take a look at how children are performing when it comes to their teeth.
Dr Daniel Ahern, a pediatric dentist and associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said he was excited to see that children’s oral health improved, particularly in terms of the number of cavities and decay that were seen.
He said it’s important to note that there’s not much data on kids’ dental health at this stage, and this was a relatively small sample of preschool-aged children.
The researchers looked at data from more than 50,000 preschool-ages from across the US, with ages ranging from 4 to 9.
The results were very encouraging, with children who had fewer cavities, less decay and less decay over the course of the study had healthier teeth.
But, the study found, the rate of tooth loss increased with age.
There were a number of factors that may have contributed to this, but it is important to point out that the data does not show that kids who have fewer cavils are more likely to lose their teeth, Dr Ahern said.
This study has many implications, Dr Anhern said, and it highlights the importance of dental care for children at a young age.
“Children who are having fewer cavions are going to have a lower risk of dental erosion, and that’s a good thing,” he said.
It may be that these kids have better oral health, Dr Sargent said.
But this is not the only study to look at this.
Earlier this year, the American Dental Association released a report that concluded that kids had the best oral health of any age group in the United States, but that adults had a slightly better oral system.
Dr Sargant said she was encouraged by this research, and she was looking forward to continuing to work with researchers to develop solutions for these kids.
“I think the key is to find the right balance of the oral health that’s appropriate for each child and the amount of tooth decay that’s associated with that,” she said.