Children from Wealthy Families at Higher Risk of Tooth Wear

According to the first meta-analysis, dedicated to this subject, children from wealthy backgrounds are at greater risk of tooth wear, even despite regular visits to the dentist.Children from Wealthy Families at Higher Risk of Tooth Wear

A team of researchers from Griffith University in Australia reviewed 65 studies from 30 countries, including more than 60,000 individuals aged between 6 and 79. The researchers found a link between socioeconomic status and tooth wear. Surprisingly, for adolescents who attend private school and whose parents have higher levels of education and income, the tooth wear's significantly worse.

Khaled Ahmed, one of the researchers behind this meta-analysis, explains: “Fizzy drinks, energy drinks, and packaged juices are in many countries available to the affluent. And despite a focus on sugar, such as the implementation of a sugar tax in the UK, the diet/low-sugar/sugar-free alternatives remain acidic.”

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