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Does your kid have white patches on their teeth? Check them for severe tooth decay

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If your kid has creamy white patches on their teeth they may have a condition known as developmental hypomineralized lesions of enamel (DHL), and have a higher chance of having untreated severe cavities, according to Australian research. They study found that one in four kids had this type of enamel and that these kids were at a higher risk of having untreated severe tooth cavities. They also found that current oral health promotion strategies are unsuccessful as around half of the six- to twelve-year-old Victorian children they examined had tooth decay, and 20 per cent had cavities that were so severe they could potentially negatively influence their general health.

Journal/conference: Australian Dental Journal

Organisation/s: The University of Melbourne, Deakin University

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