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Tooth decay linked to poverty

31st August 2010

A study by researchers at Glasgow University has found that one third of poor three-year-old children in Scotland have bad teeth.

Child & Dentist

The results of the study showed that a quarter of all the children tested had "signs of tooth decay". This increased to 33% among children from poor households.

The team, from the university's Dental School, said poorer children should be provided with dental care as soon as they were born.

The study, which lasted for two years and involved over 4,000 children, was published in the British Dental Journal.

The researchers looked at children who lived in Greater Glasgow to find evidence of tooth decay, fillings or missing teeth.

Andrew Lamb, Scottish director of the British Dental Association, said that intervening to help the children who most needed dental treatment was important to ensure they had healthy teeth as adults.

He added: "While there has been a significant improvement in the nation's oral health over the past 40 years, this study highlights the depressing fact that poor dental health and inequality are closely linked from very early in life."

"This study reinforces the importance of providing support to children from deprived communities soon after they are born."


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