Children from wealthy classes are more exposed to the risk of cavities

Are you afraid of the dentist appointment? Maybe you should reconsider it based on your socioeconomic status. A meta-analysis, the first of its kind, published in Journal of Dentistry, reveals that children from the affluent classes are more likely to have cavities.

The results of this study were synthesized from sixty-five studies carried out in thirty countries. Over 60,000 people aged 6 to 79 were interviewed and studied to find a link between socioeconomic status and tooth wear. This meta-analysis shows that teens who attend private school, and whose parents have higher levels of education and income, have more severe tooth wear.

“Soft drinks, energy drinks and packaged juices are available in many countries for the rich”says Khaled Ahmed, researcher in dentistry and oral health at Griffith University in Australia and author of the study. He adds that these foods put children at an erosive risk which turns out to be higher among the rich because they have easier access to this type of food.

What about educated adults?

It is with time that the wear of the teeth takes shape. Enamel erodes and flakes, all depending on several factors, including the acidity of foods, as explained by the team in charge of the study. People with more education are less likely to experience pathological tooth wear over time. Indeed, they eat healthier and often have better oral hygiene. In this sense, they are less likely to suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease or diabetes.

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Nevertheless, the analysis shows that some brushing habits of this category of the population are not that good. The electric toothbrush and the one with hard bristles would cause more wear of the teeth in adults. It will undoubtedly be necessary to review the main lines of communication on dental hygiene, note the scientists.

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