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Home visits and check-up calls help reduce tooth decay in children
Updated: 10/5/2012 5:44:33 PM

Home visits and check-up calls help reduce tooth decay in children  

Tooth decay has become such a major problem worldwide that it's important for researchers to create new strategies to prevent this dental health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay affects children in the U.S. more than any other chronic disease. The irony of this statement is that unlike some other chronic diseases, tooth decay is easily preventable.

Recently, a study conducted by researchers from  the University of Queensland and Queensland Health found that an effective strategy to reduce tooth decay among children could be to provide oral health education and support for mothers, including home visits and telephone calls.

"We wanted to find out what kind of preventative measures would help communities the most and the drastic improvements we saw from both home visits and telephone support were exciting," said researcher Kathryn Plonka, quoted by Medical Xpress.

These findings suggest that even if home visits are not always possible, there would still be benefits to check-up phone calls to mothers in areas where children have a particularly high rate of tooth decay.

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