Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wonderment Wednesday: It's National Pastry Day!

It's National Pastry Day folks!
Like any good unofficial national day of celebration it gives us a good excuse to eat poorly. So get out your favorite pies, eclairs, macaroons, pecan pies, or chomp down on a bevy of pastry options in the celebration of this fine day.

But before you do, the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center insists that you practice good oral hygiene. With all the extra sugar you will be chomping down it causes you to be prone to cavities. Since we're already on the topic of oral hygiene how about we talk about

5 Facts About Rural Oral Health
1. 80% of cavities are found in 25% of children
Okay, this is not really a rural oral health fact, but it is a fact from the National Institutes of Health. This means that only a small group of children are making up a HUGE amount of the cavities. Let's dig into this a little more.

2. Rural children are less likely to have excellent teeth
In a report published by Dr. Amy Martin, it asked  the parents of both rural and urban children the condition of their children's teeth. Guess what? Like all our Wonderment Wednesday posts rural children once again got the short end of the stick.

It found that rural children were less likely to report having teeth in "excellent" condition than urban children. But what are the causes of this?

3. Rural children are less likely to have dental insurance than urban children
In a paper written by Dr. Jihong Liu, found that rural children were more likely to be uninsured than urban children. What does this mean? Going deeper into the results, children who lacked dental insurance were less likely to receive preventative care. Less preventative care means a higher chance of dental problems. A possible reason why this occurs according to the study? I'll let you take a gander:

Talking about preventative care...

4. Preventative care helps, but not as much if you don't live in urban areas
According to this study by Dr. Amy Martin, it looked personal health provider status and how often children received preventive dental care. Based on the results, personal health providers for children were more likely to receive preventive care then people who did not personal health providers. However, if the child lived in a rural area, they were less likely to receive preventive care. But not all the news is bad for rural

5. Dental sealants are about the same for both rural and urban children
Dental sealants are used as to prevent tooth decay. Based on this report, urban and rural children have about the same amount of dental sealants. Huzzah!

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