Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dental health rework conducted in Wyoming

The primary study into dental health in Wyoming in twenty years has been conducted by the State Health Department.  The study, which was funded by the state, was released on Tuesday and found that the majority of children do not have contact to fluoridated water. Fluoride is additional to the water supply in many countries across the world, as it has been established to improve oral health. Fluoride helps to strengthen the defensive enamel surfaces of the teeth, making them stronger and more resistant to harmful bacteria, which basis decay. The review found that 76 percent of simple schools in the state did not have the recommended concentration of fluoride in the water; children from the schools with the lowest levels were also found to have the worst standards of oral health.
The study also exposed that children who attended rural schools were more likely to go through from dental health problems; dental experts associate poor standards of oral health in rural areas with a lack of dentists in remote towns. Children in rural areas are less likely to be present at regular dental check-ups because there is a extensive lack of dentists in more remote areas.
The findings of the study also indicated that roughly a third of children in the third grade had untreated tooth decay. Pregnant women were also not visiting their dentist on a regular basis and were at risk of oral health problems, which could contribute to complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
The revelations from the study will be used to address issues in the state; it has been suggested that access to fluoridated water supplies should be improved and dentists are keen to promote good oral health amongst children and pregnant women.

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