Cavities Can Hinder Growth in Children!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

Tooth decay doesn’t just affect your oral health, it can even decrease growth rate! Therefore, it’s especially important for your children to protect their teeth, since they’re still in the process of growing.

The results of a recent study conducted at University College London and King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Saudi Arabia suggest that tooth decay could delay growth in children.

Researchers examined the relationship between the heights and weights of Saudi Arabian children between six and eight years old. They discovered that children with more severe cavities were at a higher risk for being underweight and shorter than average.

Here are some ways to keep your children healthy and cavity-free:

  1. Ensure that they brush for two minutes two times a day
  2. Take proper care of your own oral health to set a good example
  3. Schedule dental appointments early on
  4. Watch what they eat (avoid sugary foods and drinks)

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

http://www.motherpedia.com.au/images/directoryimages/68429/kids-growing__large.jpg

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/9936-tooth-decay-may-prohibit-growth-in-children

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