Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tooth Decay May Stunt Growth in Children

A new study concerning dental decay recently appeared online in the Pediatrics journal suggesting decay may stunt growth and weight in children.  The University College London and King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Saudi Arabia conducted the study, exploring the relationship between oral health and growth.

A team of researchers analyzed statistics based on the relationship between height/weight and decay in children 6 to 8 years old from Saudia Arabia.  Children with severe decay had a better chance of being underweight and of shorter stature compared to their peers when having severe decay.  Even when secondary factors such as demographics and social values were analyzed, the correlation still existed.  More research needs to be conducted to confirm the findings.

+Verde Pointe Dental Associates and Marietta cosmetic dentists+Kirk Kimmerling +Suzanna Aguilera and +Garrick McGrath understand the importance of dental health in children.  Welcoming patients from three years old for a dental cleaning or advice on necessary dental fillings.