Brushing teeth is not enough to protect aganist decay

12 March 2018

Brushing is not enough to protect children’s teeth from decay – changing snacking habits is key. This was the finding of a Scottish study of more than 4000 pre-schoolers.

It found that snacking was the factor most strongly associated with decay, with children who snacked all day without eating meals having twice the chance of decay compared with those who did not snack at all.

A lack of regular brushing also made decay more likely, but the study, published in the Journal of Public Health, showed that socioeconomic factors explained the difference in children's dental decay more than diet or oral hygiene. 

Researchers from the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow collected data on diet and oral hygiene from children aged two to five.

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