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Study: Pediatricians can improve dental health of children
Updated: 9/30/2009 7:00:39 PM

Study: Pediatricians can improve dental health of children A new study from Boston University of Medicine has found that pediatricians who are properly trained in dental care could possibly reduce rates of early childhood caries (ECC) by 77 percent.

Dr Nancy R. Kressin, who was the lead author in the study, said the goal of the research was to find ways to reduce the rates of ECC.

"We developed and implemented a multi-faceted pediatric practice based intervention where children especially vulnerable to ECC received enhanced care to prevent this disease from occurring or reoccurring, and it had marked effects on reducing children's rates of developing ECC," Kressin said.

Other dental care experts have also suggested parents watch what their child eats as a way to maintain optimal dental health. Curtailing the amount of sugary foods, as well as cooked starches such as pretzels and potato chips, are good practices for parents to help their child avoid developing tooth decay at a young age.

According to the American Dental Association, childhood tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease.

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