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Dental risk factors for kids

(HealthDayNews) -- Most young kids haven't had teeth long enough to have anything go wrong with them.

But a Finnish study has highlighted some interesting risk factors, according to a report in the Journal of Dental Research:

Researchers at the University of Turku in Finland found that:

  • If a child's mother is still in her teens, it's five times more likely that the child will have cavities by age 5.
  • If a child's father has at least one cavity each year, the chances that the child will have cavities by age 5 more than double.
  • If the child's mother doesn't brush her own teeth regularly, it doubles the likelihood that her child will have cavities.
  • Living in a rural area also doubles the chances of a child having bad teeth.
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