Hunting the root causes of dental decay

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Scientists from Sheffield University are taking part in a pioneering study to find the root cause of tooth decay in young children.

More than 50 dental practices across the UK have signed up to the study, which will recruit more than 1,400 children to decide which is the best course of action for managing tooth decay.

Dental decay is one of the most common childhood diseases, with more than 40 per cent of children across the UK experiencing obvious problems in their baby teeth by the age of five – a statistic which has remained unchanged for the past 20 years.

Chris Deery, a professor of paediatric dentistry, said: “The trial will not only ask dentists which treatment they prefer, but the children and their parents too, giving us real insight into the best option.”

Universities in Dundee, Leeds and Newcastle are also involved in the huge study.