September 24, 2019
by The Morgantown News
Researchers at the West Virginia School of Dentistry are looking beyond the appointment chair to examine how social support or lack thereof impacts children’s oral health.
Daniel McNeil, a researcher for the school, along with colleagues, investigated the relation between how much social support mothers felt they had and instances of cavities identified in their children’s teeth by dentists. They found that the higher a mother scored on a measure of appraisal support — defined in this case as “the perceived availability of someone to talk to about problems” — the less likely her child was to have a lot of cavities. The results of their study were published in the journal Pediatric Dentistry.