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Nearly half of Aussie primary school kids have tooth decay

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on May 27, 2016

NEARLY HALF OF AUSSIE PRIMARY SCHOOL KIDS HAVE TOOTH DECAY

Do you know an Aussie kid younger than 10? There’s a 40% chance their baby teeth are decaying.

The University of Adelaide recently released the results of a shocking study across 24, 000 children in all states and territories.

It was found that more than 40% of children aged 5-10 had decay in their baby teeth. A quarter of children in that age group had never received any treatment for their tooth decay.

As kids age, their teeth haven’t improved either. The study also found that one third of children aged 9-14 have decay in their permanent teeth.

Tooth decay is a problem in itself, causing pain and infection. It can also lead to even more serious problems if left untreated. Serious tooth decay in baby teeth even affects children’s jaw growth and speech development.

The findings have prompted calls – again – for a tax on sugary drinks to be imposed in Australia. The researchers have blamed high sugar intake and not regularly brushing teeth as the main causes of tooth decay in children, as well as not enough access to dental services.

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