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Dental health can be a lottery
Updated: 4/9/2008 12:00:27 PM
 

Everyone's teeth are created differently and some will be more prone to dental disease than others, a dentist has said.

Dr Gregg Liberatore, who owns a dental practice in New York state, told the Beaumont Enterprise that even within families, where the children eat the same foods and have the same dental hygiene practices, oral health can vary widely.

He cited a number of factors that can affect the development of a child's teeth. One of the major ones was a childhood trauma, "such as getting hit in mouth with a baseball".

In addition, some children may be more prone to cavities because they have "deep-pitted or fissured teeth" which will hold more food.

Dr Lawrence Kotlow told the publication that some lucky people have such sturdy teeth that they are virtually immune to tooth decay, although they only represent a small fraction of the population.

Most are not blessed with decay-resistant teeth however, so for those whose teeth are more fragile he stresses the importance of fluoride, which is added to toothpaste.

"As paediatric dentists, we encourage parents to start dental care at age one," he said.

In other news that may be relevant to families, a team of scientists is currently researching a revolutionary new way of providing socially disadvantaged children with access to orthodontist's services, using teleconferencing.
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