According to a new study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, children who grow up in a dysfunctional household are more likely to experience tooth decay and other dental diseases. In addition, children who experience more than 4 dysfunctional childhood events prior to the age of 18 were much less likely to visit a dentist for preventative care.
The children involved in the study were between the ages of 6 and 17 years old. Sociodemographic information, oral health histories, and adverse childhood experiences were all a part of the study.
Around 88% of children have had a preventative care dental visit within the last 12 months, but those children who experienced 4 or more of the above childhood events were less likely to have had preventative care visits than those who did not. In fact, 27% of children with 4 or more traumas suffered from extensive tooth decay and dental cavities.
Because we now know that childhood trauma can have a negative effect on dental health, it’s important for parents, caregivers, pediatricians, and dentists to look for these problems in at-risk children.
If your child is at risk for dental disease or if it’s time to schedule a preventative appointment for a dental cleaning and a checkup, please contact Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry here in Greensboro, North Carolina. We believe that all children should be provided with quality dental care, no matter their circumstances or socioeconomic standing.