Posted on Mar 9, 2020
Children who grow up in dysfunctional environments are more likely to suffer from tooth decay, dental cavities, and other dental diseases, according to a study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Additionally, kids who experience more than 4 dysfunctional childhood events before the age of 18 are less likely to visit the dentist regularly for preventative care.
The children involved in this study were between the ages of 6 and 17. Sociodemographic information, adverse childhood experiences, and dental health histories were all taken as part of the study.
Dysfunctional childhood events are listed as the following:
Around 88% of kids have had a preventative visit to the dentist within the last year, but children who had experienced 4 or more of the above events were less likely to have had these visits than children who did not. In fact, 27% of the children with 4 or more traumas suffered from advanced tooth decay.
Now that we know the impact that childhood trauma can have on dental health, it’s important for parents, grandparents, caregivers, pediatricians, and dental professionals to look out for signs of these problems in at-risk children.
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