TITLE

Summary of: Influence of dental care on children's oral health and wellbeing

AUTHOR(S)
Welbury, Richard
PUB. DATE
June 2013
SOURCE
British Dental Journal;6/8/2013, Vol. 214 Issue 11, p568
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background Dental problems in early childhood can have a very significant effect not only on the oral health of young children but on their quality of life and that of their families. Added to this are the long term risks they carry into the permanent dentition.Aim To review current literature on the management of early childhood caries and its influence on wider oral and general health.Results Recent studies suggest that the risks for dental caries, periodontal disease, malocclusion and other general health problems including overweight and obesity may be increased in children who have had early childhood caries. Traditional restoration of damaged primary teeth has been shown to have only moderate outcomes depending on the techniques and materials used and the ability of children to cooperate because of age or other factors.Conclusions More recent interesting approaches that seal enamel caries, only partially remove carious dentine or attempt to entirely seal carious dentine lesions merit not only discussion but also longer term investigation. With increasing demands on health funding, dentistry must look at how the most appropriate care can be provided to allow children to reach adulthood with healthy permanent dentitions - something that less than half the population currently achieve.
ACCESSION #
88041443

 

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