A team of researchers at Birmingham School of Public Health at the University of Alabama investigated early preventative dental care in children by analysing health insurance records. Interestingly, they found that early preventative dental care for infants under the age of 2 may result in higher dental expenditure, more dentist visits and more tooth decay treatment.

Key takeaways:

– Of 19,658 Medicaid records of infants in Alabama, US, 2% had received preventative dental care before the age of 2 years

– These children had more frequent treatment for decayed teeth (20%) and higher yearly spending on dental care ($168) compared to those who did not receive early care (11% and $87, respectively)

– Dentists can still smile – preventive dental care was not significantly associated with tooth decay-related treatment or spending

“We cannot definitively say whether early preventive dental visits reduce tooth decay with the available data.”

Read the full story here: http://news.dental/2017/03/08/lasting-effects-early-preventive-dental-care/

 

Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.