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Down Syndrome Children In UAE Have Higher Rates Of Tooth Decay, Study Finds

October 1, 2019
by The National UAE


Down syndrome children need more help to access proper dental care, according to dentists who found they had significantly higher rates of tooth decay than their non-disabled peers.

New research, which focused on Down syndrome children aged between four and 18 in Dubai, revealed that those with the disability had on average 65 per cent more decayed adult teeth compared to other children.

A lack of awareness from parents who may be overwhelmed by their children’s other health issues, unhealthy diets including more sugary foods and and drinks a lack of specialist dentists in the UAE were put forward as possible reasons for the disparity.

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