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Study of minority New York City youth finds unequal burden of poor dental health
Date:11/8/2007

ve that health, observed Dr. Borrell.

Overall, dental health and health promoting habits of the Hispanic children were better than the other participants in the study. Ninety-four percent of Hispanic youths reported that they brush daily compared with 83 percent of blacks and 85 percent of the other children in the study. Hispanic youths were also more likely to floss.

Many more Hispanic youths reported having had a dental visit sometime in their lifetime. Researchers noted moderate-to-abundant plaque in 27 percent of the Hispanic adolescents, compared with 36 percent of blacks and other children in the study.

The studys findings need to be interpreted with caution as we did not have information on the education and income of the adolescent participants families. Also, we didnt know what proportion of these children were foreign born, which can be a protective effect for health, Dr. Borrell said.


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