Peo­ple who do not drink tap wa­ter likely to have tooth de­cay

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - LIFESTYLE -

CChil­dren and ado­les­cents who do not drink flu­o­ri­dated tap wa­ter are much more likely to have tooth de­cay, says a US study. How­ever, the study added that those who drink tap wa­ter are more likely to have el­e­vated levels of lead in their blood.

Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of North Carolina (UNC) said that peo­ple who did not drink tap wa­ter were more likely to have tooth de­cay than tap wa­ter drinkers. But they were less likely to have el­e­vated blood lead levels. The re­searchers said this in the study pub­lished in the jour­nal Pre­ven­tive Medicine.

Over­all, nearly 3% of chil­dren and ado­les­cents had el­e­vated blood lead levels and 49.8% had tooth de­cay.

“El­e­vated blood lead levels af­fect only a small mi­nor­ity of chil­dren, but the health con­se­quences are pro­found and per­ma­nent,” said Anne E San­ders, from the UNC.

“On the other hand, tooth de­cay af­fects one in ev­ery two chil­dren. Its con­se­quences, such as toothache, are im­me­di­ate and costly to treat,” San­ders added.

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Drink­ing tap wa­ter may in­crease levels of lead in blood

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