Healthier Babies = Stronger Teeth (And Happier Societies)
Many parents ask us if they can do anything to prevent chalky teeth through caring for baby's or mother's health? The scientific answer is yes, we do know some things that help, but more research is required before concrete answers can be given for the biggest problem of this type – so-called "chalky molars".
About 1-in-5 children worldwide have chalky baby ('2-year') or adult ('6-year') molars, and a quarter of them have their adult front teeth disrupted also. Many are at 10-fold higher risk for an unusually rapid type of tooth decay which, together with other issues (e.g. toothache, bullying over appearance, repeated dental fillings, extractions under general anaesthetic, need for orthodontics, missed schooling), can pose massive costs at individual, family, taxpayer and society levels.
The HB=ST Project
The Healthier Babies = Stronger Teeth Project (HB=ST) seeks to (1) undertake medico-dental research aimed at preventing chalky molars and other D3s, and (2) educate about child and maternal health matters currently known to influence the development of chalky teeth. Ultimately, such preventive research and education initiatives stand to have a global impact by converting medical interventions ("healthier babies") into fewer chalky teeth ("stronger teeth"). Consequent alleviation of a severe type of childhood tooth decay that today is mostly unpreventable will be a wonderful outcome for humanity ("happier societies").
Research is urgently needed to identify the causes of chalky molars, which we know has something to do with illness as a baby (i.e. when affected teeth are developing inside the jaw). A research group at the University of Melbourne has opened an exciting new avenue of investigation after making breakthrough discoveries about the molecular details of chalky enamel. It seems likely that, if further basic science investigations can be done alongside population studies into medical triggers, preventable causes will be found.
We propose to develop an online-education resource (i.e. website plus allied educational materials) covering medical and nutritional matters related to chalky teeth prevention. Importantly, this world-first initiative will serve as a "prevention partner" for our popular chalky teeth resources (Chalky Teeth, The D3 Group) which are benefitting societies around the world. Together, these unique resources will serve as an important new cog in the wheel of child and maternal health.
1. Research studies from around the world show that anywhere from 1-in-5 to more than 1-in-2 kids have at least one chalky tooth
2. For example organisations & companies serving within the parenting/medical/dental/pharmacy sphere
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