A dentist has said that despite all the developments and breakthroughs in dental technology over the last few decades, the age-old problem of tooth decay remains a major issue for many people.
Writing in the Malden Observer, Dr David Leader cited a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year, which found that tooth decay among school children in the US is on the rise.
In addition, the study highlighted disparities between racial and socio-economic groups, with 31 per cent of Mexican-American children suffering from tooth decay, compared to only 19 per cent of non-Hispanic white children.
Meanwhile, the rate of untreated decay among children from families living below the federal poverty line is three times the rate of those from wealthier backgrounds.
Dr Leader revealed that dental infection results when the bacteria present in decay invades dental pulp, the soft inside part of the tooth that includes nerves and blood vessels.
He recommended encouraging children to brush and floss their teeth regularly, cut down on sugar and drink plenty of water to avoid tooth decay.
Reuters reported last year that the increase in the amount of sugary snacks available to young children and the rising popularity of bottled water (which is generally not fluoridated) over tap water could be to blame for the proliferation of tooth decay among children.
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