Join Any Savings Plan Today & Get 1 Extra Month Free!
Close X

you are > Dental Health Articles > Dental health can be a lottery

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.

© 2008 Brafton Inc.


The materials and articles published on are for informational purposes only. Although strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and makes no commitment to update the information on expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on Decisions based on information contained on are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.

Nothing on constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to with or without’s knowledge.