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Adverse Effects of Tooth Decay in Children

Adverse Effects of Tooth Decay in ChildrenFinding out you have a cavity can be frustrating and painful. Cavities compromise the health and function of your teeth, and must be filled to prevent the need for more extensive treatments, such as root canal therapy or dental extraction. A recent study indicates that cavities may have even more long-term and serious effects in children.

The study, published in the online Pediatrics Journal, revealed that kids with tooth decay are more likely to be smaller than kids who have healthy teeth. The study focused on a group of Saudi Arabian children between the ages of six and eight. The children were evaluated for cavities, fillings and lost teeth. Children with more cavities were more likely to be shorter and underweight, compared to their peers with healthier teeth. The differences remained even after adjusting for other risk factors, including demographics.

You can reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay by instilling good dental hygiene habits early in life. Your child should brush after each meal and floss daily. A balanced diet can help nourish their developing teeth, with minimal starchy or processed foods and plenty of healthy fruits, vegetables, lean protein, dairy products and whole grains. Dental sealants and fluoride treatments may also be appropriate in helping decrease the risk of tooth decay.

Starting good dental habits early in life can get your child into the routine of maintaining good dental health. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your child’s next dental cleaning.

 

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