Journal article

Getting ahead of the oral health game: it starts before we're born?

MJ Silva, E Riggs, NM Kilpatrick



Dental caries is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting individuals of all ages. Caries in the primary dentition is one of the main risk factors for caries in the permanent dentition. Preventing the development of the first carious lesion is fundamental not only to long term health and wellbeing but to reducing the burden of this disease on individuals, families and the community. Described as the developmental origins of health and disease, events from the prenatal period are increasingly recognised as having a significant impact on later health outcomes. While social and behavioural factors from this period have long been linked with oral health, emerging evidence of the influen..

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