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Friday, June 25, 2010

Got Tooth Decay? Blame Your Mom.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 11:59 AM

click to enlarge 'M' is for the million things she gave me...
  • 'M' is for the million things she gave me...
A U.C. San Francisco study has found one more thing you can blame your mother for -- your Jack O' Lantern smile.

In a paper appearing in the current issue of the Journal of Dental Research -- read, rinse, spit -- UCSF professor Jane Weintraub notes that the rural Hispanic subjects in her study had nearly double the odds of developing tooth decay if their mothers had untreated tooth decay as well.

...No thanks to you!
  • ...No thanks to you!
While this study focused on Central Valley Hispanics, this is not a Hispanic-only problem. Tooth decay isn't just caused by peanut brittle; it can be passed from person to person. Weintraub notes that a mother could pass decay to her child by simply sharing a utensil.

The doctor's recommendations: The government needs to work harder to get poor people to dentists; dentists need to keep an eye on entire families and not just the patient under the drill; and you -- you need to go to the damn dentist.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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