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Tooth Decay May Prohibit Growth in Children

Tooth decay may be even worse than originally thought.

A new study suggests that tooth decay may push back growth in children. The study appeared in the online version of Pediatrics journal and was conducted at University College London and King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Saudi Arabia.

The research team wanted to explore the relationship between oral health and growth after previous studies failed to show definitive evidence one way or the other. In this study, the researchers looked at the dental decay and the correlation between height and weight in Saudi Arabian children ages 6 through 8.

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ADA Recommends Earlier Fluoride Distribution for Children

It may be beneficial for children to be given fluoride even earlier than they receive it now, according to the American Dental Association.

Previous information suggested children receive fluoride by the time they were 6. This new information, however, suggests that children be administered fluoride even earlier. The new ADA recommendation states that children should be given fluoride as soon as their first teeth develop.

When children use fluoride toothpaste at an early age, it can lower the rate of decay. Research suggests that around one quarter of children develop a cavity before reaching kindergarten but more children using fluoride at an earlier age can lower that number.

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INTERVIEW - Henk van Duijnhoven, KaVo Kerr Group

How did KaVo Kerr Group get started, and what was the goal at the time?

KaVo Kerr Group really originated back in 2004, when our parent company, Danaher, acquired KaVo and Gendex, followed shortly by DEXIS, Pelton & Crane, and Sybron, which brought Kerr and Ormco and then followed many others as time evolved. We were fortunate to have been able to assemble such an outstanding portfolio of brands during the past ten years. The formal name KaVo Kerr Group was articulated just recently and will define our global dental business and portfolio of brands.

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Report States Parents Should Learn First Aid

It’s important for parents to know basic dental first aid, according to a new study.

The American Academy of Pediatrics compiled a study about why parents should know dental first aid before their child visits a dentist in the case of an emergency. This way, the parents can react correctly in emergency situations and provide enough aid for the child before seeing the dentist. The time period between the emergency and treatment can be significant in some cases.

The academy recently released a set of guidelines on how to deal with such situations. If the child is treated correctly and there is a minimal amount of time between the injury and the dental visit, the child generally ends up ok.

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High-Fluoride Toothpaste May Aid Brace Wearers

High-fluoride toothpaste may be beneficial in numerous ways.

A Swedish study from Malmo University suggests that this toothpaste thwarts white spots from developing on the teeth when braces are worn. The fluoride toothpaste possesses four times the regular amount of fluoride found in toothpaste.

Numerous studies have shown that 85 percent of people who have braces develop some kind of white lesions stemming from a type of decay.

This toothpaste proved effective in stopping one third of the white lesions in 11- to 16-year-olds. No toothpaste prior to this one proved to be as reliable in preventing the white spots.

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