The idea that tooth decay is a fun, relaxing activity is one that has persisted in popular culture for decades, and now it’s being questioned.
Tooth decay, as well as the associated health complications, are the focus of a new study by the Australian Medical Association.
The AAP and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) are both sponsoring the study, which will be conducted by the University of Adelaide.
It will be the first randomized controlled trial of a tooth condition on children, and the results will be published in the AAP’s journal Pediatrics.
The goal of the study is to examine the relationship between tooth decay and dental health, as measured by symptoms such as pain, difficulty with eating and dental care, as a result of the condition.
The researchers will be looking at patients between the ages of 6 months and 10 years.
“The study is about how the dental conditions of children can be reduced by treatment,” said Dr. Helen Stoddart, a professor of pediatric orthodontics at the University Health Network Melbourne.
“Our understanding of the mechanisms is very preliminary and needs further investigation.”
Dr. Stoddard said the study would examine two groups: children in whom dental decay has progressed to a stage where they can no longer feed, and children with no tooth decay.
The researchers are also investigating whether the treatments they plan to use will have a similar effect on children in the first group.
They hope to find out whether the dental condition can be reversed with tooth remover.
“[We will be able to] compare the outcomes of children treated with remover and children treated without remover,” Dr. Stossard said.
“And we will also be able see how much treatment will have an impact on the overall health of children.”
The study will take place in two parts: a randomised controlled trial (RCT), and a controlled clinical trial.
Participants will be randomly assigned to receive a tooth splint or a tooth fairy, and to be monitored for symptoms over the course of two weeks.
For the RCT, which is scheduled to be completed in late April, a total of 13,847 children between the age of 6 and 10 will be enrolled.
All participants will be asked to complete a survey on the condition of their teeth, including their current and future symptoms.
Once the study has completed, the researchers will compare the results with those from the control group.
The results from the Rct will then be compared with those in the control groups.
Both groups will be followed for two years.
Results from the clinical trial will be used to determine if any treatment can be used.
“We’re looking at treatment that’s less harmful than tooth removers,” Dr Stodding said.
This study will be led by Dr. Peter Emslie, who is also the associate professor of clinical medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the RCR’s vice president for clinical research.
Dr Emsly said that in a recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthodontology, the team had shown that tooth removals had no negative impact on children with dental problems.
He said this is because the children did not have the condition and were not getting treatment to reverse it.
But this research will be different, he said.
In the RCST study, the goal is to look at the relationship with other conditions and dental problems as a whole, rather than just teeth.
This study is a collaboration between the Australian Academy of Osteopathic Medicine and the RCS.
The University of Melbourne is also a participant.