A study published in November 2019 for the Journal of Dental Research (JDR) highlight some challenges affecting dental health care for children.
The researchers of this study strongly believe that dental caries is the most childhood common disease. Two different studies brought up to understand the conventional restorations in preventing pain and infection and challenged the value of operative treatment for primary teeth. For a better understanding, children aged 3 to 7 years old recruited for the study. All the participants, according to the researcher, had at least one primally molar tooth with carious lesion without pain or infection associated.
As such, this trial’s findings are generalizable to the population of children who regularly attend primary care and are at high risk of developing caries in the primary or mixed dentition. However, according to the researchers of this study, the rate of experience of dental pain ever during the trial (overall 36%) was higher than dental infection (25%). It may reflect a difference between reported and clinically observed outcomes. The researcher also says that low use of radiographic diagnosis may have affected clinicians’ diagnostic thresholds, leading to undetected carious lesions and, for wounds that were detected, a misdiagnosis of how extensive they were.” It may have increased the potential for
However, a counterargument is that unnecessarily invasive treatment avoided.” The social gradient in health inequity (Marmot 2005) with the poorest shouldering the highest burden of disease, is reflected in the socioeconomic distribution of dental caries. Children who experience caries in their primary dentition carry a more significant weight of dental caries and its consequences into later life.
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