Study Examines Blood Levels, Tooth Decay in Children Who Do Not Drink Tap Water

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently published a study titled, “Blood Lead Levels and Dental Caries in U.S. Children Who Do Not Drink Tap Water” in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The goal was to examine cross-sectional data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2005- 2014) to look at the recorded drinking water source and blood lead levels among study participants, who ranged in age from 2 to 19.

Results of the study revealed that children and adolescents who did not drink tap water were less likely than tap water drinkers to have elevated blood lead levels. Those who did not drink tap water were more likely to experience dental caries.

From MENTOR. February 2018;9(2): 11.

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