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Tooth Decay in Children and Their Growth

Tooth Decay in Children and Their Growth

It has long been understood that nothing good comes from tooth decay. To further the point, a recent study indicates that it may even affect the way that children grow.

The study looked at children who were between the ages of 6-8 in Saudi Arabia. Researchers analyzed the health of their teeth, paying particularly close attention to teeth that were decayed, missing, or filled. It was found that children who exhibited a high level of decay were underweight and shorter compared to the other children in the study. This finding was present even when other factors like socio-economic status and beliefs were accounted for.

This study is further proof of the importance of establishing a good oral health foundation for your child. The best way to keep tooth decay under control is to brush at least twice a day and to floss at least once a day. The toothpaste that is used should contain fluoride in it, and your child should only be using a soft-bristle brush. Equally important is making sure that your child is using the proper technique. Teach them to avoid brushing too hard. They should be using gentle circular motions to clean the surface of each tooth. And when flossing, never force the floss. Also, avoid using sawing motions with the floss to remove debris. Using up-and-down motions is much better.

In order for an at-home oral hygiene regimen to be successful, though, it is vital to take your child to our root canal dentist in Northridge every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.

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