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Knowing The Causes Of Dental Disease And Tooth Loss

By Roger Ramirez

To some degree, every single human being will get affected by dental diseases. Periodontal disease, dental caries or tooth decay, gingivitis or gum disease and periodontitis otherwise known as pynorhea are all bacterial infections that can cause great damage to the real teeth, jawbone and gums.

In order for these diseases to occur, three variables must exist, a susceptible host, the individual, bacteria, which cause the destruction, and a source of nutrition to feed the bacteria. If one of three ingredients will not exist, disease will not push thru. The formula for the development of dental problems is very basic but then different factors come in when one talks about the extent of these health woes. Two of such health problems involve the factors of race and ethnicity.

The NIH recently reported that children 12 to 23 months of age had cavities already, in fact one percent of them. The primary dentition of 55 percent of 5 to 17 year old kids had zero cavities and the same goes with the permanent teeth of those from 5 to 17 years, at least62 percent of them. It appeared that white children had slightly more cavity problems than black kids whereas there did not appear to be any differences in the cavity experience of 2 to 9 year old girls versus boys. It appeared that at this age, less cavity problems are present among Mexican Americans when compared to people who are either non Hispanic blacks or non Hispanic whites.

Young ones specifically aged between 5 to 17 without any gender bias do not have any cavities in their permanent teeth and this occurs 55 percent of the time. It was revealed, through further analysis of these subgroups that those who are somewhat more prone to tooth decay are Mexican Americans, less are the blacks while the average of the whole group was that of the probability of the whites to have tooth decay.

Compared to the cavity and filling trends for race and ethnic groups for the adult population, the adolescent and child population had less differences in trends. Even with very few sex oriented differences, there were extremely noticeable differences among the subgroups that were analyzed. It was further noted that both non Hispanic blacks and Mexican Americans acquired only half the cavity or filling experience within the non Hispanic white people examined.

On the bigger picture, it was found that the ones more likely to have it than the non Hispanic blacks or whites are the Mexican Americans who also boasted of having fewer cavities. Increasing age means a greater chance of exposure of the teeth root surfaces to the oral environment too. Certain factors and disease processes combined is closely entwined with this one.

Without regards to race or race ethnicity groups, every one individuals is sure to have one or two of his teeth affected by cavities mainly in the root surfaces. Fostering a decline in tooth loss was modern dental science and practice, and such has been seen in the past decades or so. Among the 18 and above who were surveyed, it was found that 90 percent still had at least one tooth while 30 percent still had all of their teeth there, not one missing.

The ones that lasted the longest were the six teeth at the lower front area. But it is clear that ten percent of this group had not held on to even just one tooth. In more cases, more teeth were lost in the upper jaw than in the lower jaw while the molars which are called first and second ones, were the ones commonly missing. Black non Hispanics possessed the highest rates of tooth loss and Mexican Americans were in the lowest rank.

It is also to be noted that approximately 40 percent exhibited a moderate loss of support to the dentition and 90 percent of those diagnosed had experienced a minor loss of gum and or bone support to the teeth. In this group, 15 percent have developed sever bone support destruction, causing them problems. Males are found to be much more effected than their female counterparts when it comes to the frequency and depth. Compared to Mexican Americans and non Hispanic blacks, non Hispanic whites generally have better periodontal health.

From this comprehensive survey, we can see that the dental health state of the residents of the United States varies among races and ethnicity and significant improvement is evident in the last decades. Despite such marvelous improvements, dental disease is a very strong health problem, but the great news is that the treatment of such can be provided by the local dental community willingly.

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