Oral Health Inequality Among Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Children

The oral health of children is essential as dental care starts from childhood. In addition to the dental problems like an early tooth, children with a high level of decay experience have higher rates of behavioural problems.

Oral Health, Health, Dental Hygiene, Gum Disease, Tooth Decay
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A recent study shows oral health inequality among children across the world. The study compared the oral health inequalities between indigenous and non-indigenous children between the age group of 5 to 15 years from different countries like Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, and many more. The study was published in ‘Journal of Dental Research’ on June 22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Parents these days are not paying attention to the oral health of the children. The researchers collected the data from nationally representative oral health surveys in each country.

The primary and permanent dentitions assessed gingival inflammation, dental caries experience, untreated decayed teeth, and missing and filled teeth. The researchers found that indigenous children had worse oral condition health than non-indigenous children. The ratio of these differences was highest in Australia. Good Oral health and dental hygiene can prevent from bad breathe, tooth decay, and gum disease. An unhealthy mouth, especially gum disease, may increase the risk of severe health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes, and preterm labor. A healthy mouth is always good for the body.

The oral health of children is essential as dental care starts from childhood. In addition to the dental problems like an early tooth, children with a high level of decay experience have higher rates of behavioral problems. These behavioral problems affect their families, school system, and self-esteem. The researchers found that missing teeth, filled teeth, and poor-parent reported child oral health, the ratio of inequality was high among Brazilian children. This is because  Indigenous and Non-Indigenous oral health problems begin from childhood. These issues can cause plaque, which is a common disease among children and adults. Brushing twice a day can keep you away from oral health issues. Good Oral Health improves quality of life. Taking care of your oral health will improve your overall health.

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