Children Exposed to Second-Hand Smoke at Higher Risk of Tooth Decay

Article ID: 613454

Released: 6-Feb-2014 3:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Tufts University

Expert Pitch

David Leader, D.M.D., M.P.H. of Tufts University is available to explain the possible relationship between second-hand smoke and an increased risk of cavities among children who still have their primary “baby” teeth. Leader’s critical summary of a review study on the subject appears in the February 2014 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). According to Healthy People 2020, approximately 33 percent of children between the ages of three and five years old, and nearly 55% of children ages six to nine, experienced cavities in at least one baby tooth from 1999 to 2004. A clinical associate professor in the Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Leader is an expert in evidence-based oral health, scleroderma, and dental public health. He is also a member of the Perinatal Oral Health Task Force of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and an evidence-based reviewer for the American Dental Association. For a copy of Dr. Leader’s critical summary, please contact Siobhan Gallagher at or Heather White at


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