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Study Shows High Gum Disease Rates in Rural Appalachia, Sheds Light on Reasons for Tooth Loss
Date:9/12/2008

ia," Crout says. "One-third of West Virginians under age 35 have lost at least six permanent teeth. Our research has found that more than 25 percent of people would rather have a tooth out than have treatment done that might preserve the tooth. Fear was one of the main factors."

Crout would like the study to lead to interventions such as introducing children to the dentist and the dentist's chair at age 1 or when the first tooth comes in.

"It's likely that at this age, treatment will be more preventive and provide a more positive first dental visit experience. This would go a long way in reducing fear and be very helpful in getting larger numbers of people to go to the dentist," Crout says.

"It is also critically important to get the word out to our people in the state of the importance of oral health. Not only will it keep their teeth, but it will also be very important for good systemic health. Brushing, flossing and routine dental visits have never been more important," Crout says.

Crout's co-authors on the study are Dan McNeil, Ph.D., of WVU, and Robert Weyant, Dr.P.H., and Mary Marazita, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh.

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