THE CHALKY TEETH PROBLEM
The link between chalky teeth and tooth decay was observed many decades ago, yet today this costly public-health problem still remains poorly recognised. Worldwide research shows that about 1-in-6 schoolchildren have chalky 6-year molars.
Such children may experience over 10-fold-higher risk for decay (dental caries), often leading to lifelong suffering and treatment costs. Standard preventive care (fluoride, oral hygiene, sugar control) regularly fails on chalky teeth. Consequently, chalky teeth are widely misdiagnosed as dental caries, so escaping the eye of health authorities.
GOALS OF THE CHALKY TEETH CAMPAIGN
We seek to publicise that, on its upside, the Chalky Teeth Problem offers major opportunities for reducing childhood caries worldwide. The commonest types of chalky teeth are thought to originate from illness during infancy but specific causes remain unclear.
If research can identify these causes, most chalky teeth may become preventable medically. To optimise such research, joint efforts between doctors, dentists and scientists are needed. And funding must be found, both for this preventive research and allied education.
OUR D3 FAMILY
The D3 Group is a world-first network seeking "better understanding and care of people with chalky teeth". Technically these malformed teeth are called Developmental Dental Defects, which we abbreviate as DDDs or D3s.
Our membership spans the dental and medical professions, allied industry, public-health providers, scientists and affected families. And our "let's all pull together" ethos is best described as a family effort. Led by scientists and clinical academics, we have unprecedented capabilities for research, education and advocacy. Please feel welcome to contact us.
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