Inequality in Dental Health
A recent study conducted in Sweden shows just how important it is to have access to good, quality dental care.
What Were the Results of the Study?
The study assessed the oral health of multiple children and teenagers. Researchers who were taking part in this study noticed that children between the ages of 3 and 6 who lived in families that were classified as ‘socioeconomically disadvantaged’ had higher amounts of tooth decay and cavities than children who had access to better living conditions.
When it came to teenagers, researchers with the study noticed that teenagers who grew up in socioeconomically challenged areas had more cases of cavities in their permanent teeth than other teenagers. Many of these teenagers were individuals who experienced high amounts of tooth decay at an early age.
Researchers concluded from this information that dentists and healthcare professionals need to reach out to children of all ages and socioeconomic status and encourage them to engage in good oral hygiene habits. By encouraging good oral hygiene habits, children will be less likely to develop tooth decay from an early age.
What Does This Study Mean for Me?
Even though the study involved children in Sweden, the information it provided can be extremely helpful. The results of this study show dentists, healthcare professionals and parents that it is extremely important to encourage children to establish good oral hygiene habits from an early age.
Establishing good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly, can help reduce tooth decay which will decrease the number of cavities a child experiences.
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