Children’s Dental Health and Impact on Development

The Questionable Validity of Early Preventative Care

Children who are under two years of age and receive preventative treatments from a dentist may be at a higher risk of developing problems later in life. Research performed by the University of Alabama (Birmingham) found that such care seemed to be detrimental to their teeth and would lead to cavities.

However, it needs to be mentioned that more studies need to be carried out in order to confirm these somewhat surprising findings. Other notable observations included:

– Children under five years old are now at a higher risk of developing cavities.

– Fluorinated water was not included as a variable.

– Adopting the proper brushing habits at a young age is the best way to ensure healthy teeth and a bright smile.

Adding to a limited body of literature on early preventive dental care, we observed little evidence of the benefits of this care, regardless of the provider.”

Read more:

What Are the Lasting Effects of Early Preventive Dental Care?


Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.