Link between Mother and Child’s Dental Health
Parents can have an enormous effect on a child’s health and well-being. By providing healthy foods, they can encourage kids to eat balanced diets. By creating an active lifestyle, they encourage physical fitness. A new study reveals that parents’ emotional health can also affect their children in some surprising ways.
This study, which was performed by researchers at the Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine, linked maternal mental health with their children’s dental health. More than two hundred adolescents were involved in the study. Researchers collected information about their dental and medical health, as well as their mother’s. Researchers evaluated the teens’ teeth to determine the number of cavities, restorations, and lost teeth. Mothers also had to complete questionnaires regarding their dental habits, educational level, and emotional health.
What researchers discovered was surprising. Children whose mother’s suffered from depression were more likely to suffer from poor dental health. This correlation remained even in children who received good dental care throughout childhood. Mothers who had at least some college education and who were emotionally healthy were less likely to have teens with dental problems.
Children follow the actions of their parents, and this study underscores what a major influence parents can have on their children’s smiles. Start by maintaining a good dental and healthy lifestyle habits right now, and work with your child to build his or her own healthy habits, too. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our pediatric dentist.
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