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BBC reports a 6,000 person study has found oral health among the poorest 20% compared to their richer counterparts. Published in the Journal of Dental Research, the study also finds the poor also suffer from more tooth decay. Other symptoms also include gum disease and gaps in teeth. Although previous research has shown the younger generations to have healthier mouths than previous generations.
Professor Jim Steele, head of the Newcastle University dental school comments "It's probably not a big surprise that poorer people have worse dental health than the richest, but the surprise is just how big the differences can be and how it affects people. Eight teeth less on average is a huge amount and will have had a big impact for these people. From our data, it is hard to say which specific factors are driving each of the differences we are seeing here, but there is probably a real mix of reasons and it is not just about, for example, the availability of treatment."
Professor Richard Watt, the University College London's head of epidemiology and public heath adds that the inequalities in oral health require urgent action to rectify, and more needs to be done to tackle the underlying causes of oral disease.
Sydney Alcock, a Washington Resident, lost all his teeth at a young age due to gum disease, which he admits was caused primarily by poor oral hygiene. He says "I have had false teeth but they don't last, so losing my teeth has made a big impact on my life. It costs a lot of money for false teeth. When I was young we didn't have milk or eggs, or much other dairy. We had to eat powdered eggs. I'm sure that has had an impact on how good my teeth were."
Doctor Sandra White from Public Health England is combating the problem by providing additional guidance on improving the oral health of young people, especially in the lower socio-economic class. And is also developing programs to offer guidance focused on supporting vulnerable adults. She gives the overall advice of not consuming sugary food or drink, brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste - especially before bed, and visiting the dentist regularly to prevent tooth decay.
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12% of 3 year olds have tooth decay.
Its a tough time for the tooth fairy as a new study showed many 3 year olds have tooth decay. The Public Health England (PHE) study revealed its findings that 12% of 3 year olds have rotten baby teeth; with some areas that number is as high as 32%. The average number of decayed teeth was three. And while many parents believed decayed baby teeth is no big issue, it can be a signal of future oral trouble.
Tooth decay is caused by an abundance of sugar both in food and drinks. It is important to have your children brush twice a day, two minutes of brushing each time.
Dentist Ben Atkins, clinical director of the Revive Dental Care practices in Manchester. He says: "It stores up problems for the future if parents don't ensure their children's teeth are looked after when they're young."There's evidence that once you've got decayed teeth, you will get more. Looking after baby teeth is a really good preventative regime for when adult teeth come through."
One problem the PHE found in their study is the possibility of a decay called Early Childhood Caries. which starts at the upper front teeth before expanding to the rest of the teeth. For 2 year + children, give a skimmed milk or water (as long as the child eats well).
Often, staying away from sugar proved a difficult challenge as it is added to many things (eg. ketchup).
However, Atkins remarks that the rate of tooth decay has fallen massively since 1976 when flouride toothpaste was introduced.
He also points out it is a good idea to bring children to the dentist early to avoid the 'fear factor', and on a regular basis in order to accustom them to it and make it part of their adult lives.
Every year, 25,000 children have teeth removed because of preventable decay.
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Check out North Carolina teen Cody Lanphere's reaction after driving back from getting his wisdom teeth removed: Asking his mother "Where's Beyonce"?
Cody later tweeted: "My loopy drugs have finally worn off! I'm back to regular Cody!!"
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