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A mother's mental health may impact a teen's dental well-being
Updated: 8/22/2012 6:30:04 PM

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Children are affected by their parents in many ways, and it seems as though even dental health can be affected by parental shortcomings. According to a recent study from Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine, a mother's emotional health and her education level during a child's formative years can impact a child's oral health by age 14.

Researchers set out to determine what factors influence teen dental health. They discovered that if a mother's emotional health was unstable or if they had a low education level when their children were aged 3 to 8, the kids were more likely to have oral health problems by the age of 14 than children of mothers who did not have these issues.

"We can't ignore the environments of these children," said lead investigator Suchitra Nelson, professor in the dental school. "It isn't enough to tell children to brush and floss, they need more - and particularly from their caregivers."

The researcher concluded by saying that moms need to take care of themselves in order to properly care for their children and ensure that they have proper dental health.

© 2012 Brafton Inc.


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