On Saturday 24 August at 12 noon the D3 Group will announce new research about a condition known as ‘chalky teeth’ and its relationship to dental caries and toothache in children. Information about this research can be found on the following password protected pages:
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Melbourne researchers call on parents, dentists and other health professionals to act to save children’s teeth.
A recent study has shown that at least one in six children is affected by ‘chalky teeth’, placing them at a heightened risk of tooth decay. Many of the affected children are losing their adult molars and are on a path to years of expensive dentistry and orthodontics.
There’s currently no cure, but with early detection and dental treatment, tooth decay or tooth extraction can often be avoided. However, many cases aren’t getting to the dentist quick enough.
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Overview of main points of research/story
- There are a number of causes of dental caries (tooth decay) in children; the most widely known include poor dental hygiene and dietary factors. New evidence from The D3 Group suggests that a condition known popularly as ‘chalky teeth’ is likely to be an overlooked but significant cause of dental caries and toothache in children. As such, regular dental precautions (dental hygiene, fluoride and diet) may not be enough to prevent toothache and cavities.
- Chalky teeth, more properly called molar hypomineralisation is a defect where the tooth (usually a molar tooth) forms abnormally before it is ‘born’ into the mouth.
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