Written by Dentistry Today Tuesday, 12 July 2011 15:23
Mothers with poor oral health will have children with poor oral health, according to a 27-year study in New Zealand.
The study began in 1972 and analyzed 1,000 children born between 1972 and 1973. It showed that children with poor oral health generally have poor oral health because their mothers did.
To compile the data, the researchers analyzed the children’s oral health when they were 5. They then looked at the information when these people were 32. The information indicated that children with mothers who had poor oral health were much more likely to have poor oral health, including tooth decay and gum disease. These results were compared to the way the mothers rated the results.