Kiwi Preschoolers Losing Teeth to Painful, Preventable Tooth Decay

Kiwi kids are suffering unnecessarily from severe tooth decay that could be prevented, according to research published today in JAMA Pediatrics, the highest-ranking journal of pediatrics, perinatology and child health in the world.

The nation-wide study, evaluating the link between community water fluoridation and the experience of severe tooth decay in four-year-old New Zealand children, analyzed the B4 School Check screening program data of 275,000 children over a five-year period from 2011 to 2016.

The findings show children who didn’t have a fluoridated water supply were 20% more likely to have severe tooth decay.

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