Posts Tagged ‘kids’

CDC Study: Children’s Smiles Healthier than Ever submitted

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

iStock_000008922315SmallParents now have another reason to be proud of their kids. According to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the oral health of children has improved as the number of preventative dentist visits increased over the last decade. 

The research was led by Dr. Mahua Mandal of the College of Dental Medicine and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York, who compared dental results of American children in 2003 with those from the years 2011 and 2012. While individual studies have been previously carried out, this is the first data to systematically examine kids’ oral health outcomes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“Oral health represents the largest unmet health care need for children, and geographic variations in children’s receipt of oral health services have been noted,” Mandal explained to Daily RX.

This data was collected via telephone surveys conducted by the CDC, accounting for a total of 187,065 children. In the study, the parents were asked whether or not their children had visited a dentist in the past year for preventive care, such as check-ups and dental cleanings. They also categorized the condition of their kids’ teeth as either excellent, very good, fair or poor.

The results are in
Mandal and colleagues discovered that the rate of children who were reported to have excellent or very good oral health increased from 68 percent in 2003 to 72 percent in 2011/2012. Meanwhile, the amount of preventive dental visits rose from 72 percent in 2003 to 77 percent in 2011/2012. In 26 states, the prevalence of youngsters with excellent or very good oral health status jumped, with Utah climbing 10 percent within the decade – the most of any state. Missouri showed the least significant improvement. Unsurprisingly, the most substantial advances were seen among children with health insurance and household incomes above the federal poverty line.

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When Pulling Teeth, Beware of Dry Mouth, Dry Sockets and Bad Breath

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

In childhood, pulling baby teeth is a rite of passage. At first it can be a little scary, but most kids get used to it, and many look forward to their next empty socket – and visit from the tooth fairy. Of course, some tykes need help with their first loose tooth, and that means being prepared as a parent to deal with blood, germs, dry mouth and bad breath.

According to a recent post at Nanny.Net, it’s not too tough to help your child pull his or her first tooth. To start, you’ll need to wash your hands, get some gauze ready and keep your little one relaxed…

Then comes the actual pulling

This can require some wiggling or apple-eating. (Ditch the string. It’s no better than using your hands.) Finally, the source recommends putting pressure on the empty socket after the tooth comes out to stanch the blood flow, then applying ice in order to numb any little aches your child may feel.

However, things don’t end there. What many parents don’t realize is that a newly pulled tooth presents a unique opening for infections, dry mouth and bad breath. In large part, this is due to a side effect familiar to nearly anyone who’s had their wisdom teeth pulled: a dry socket.

A clot, lost

Dry sockets occur when a blood clot, the one that fills the hole in lieu of a tooth, accidentally falls out. This is most common among teens and young adults, whose wisdom teeth removals often leave large, tenuous scabs at the back of the jaws. A little too much negative pressure – say, from sucking on a straw – can pop one of these clots out.

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