British researchers are launching a new nationwide study in which they will look into the various ways to treat tooth decay in children.
The study will involve academics from the Universities of Leeds, Dundee and Newcastle, who will be assisted by their colleagues from the Universities of Glasgow, Sheffield, Cardiff and Queen Mary, London.
More than 50 dental practices from across the UK have signed up for the research, which will involve more than 1,400 children between the ages of three and seven.
According to official data, tooth decay is the most common dental condition among children at the age of five; more than two in five of them show signs of dental decay. Usually, tooth extraction is the most popular treatment in such cases, with just 12% of the affected teeth being filled.
The study, called FICTION (Filling in Children’s Teeth: Indicated Or Not), will take place over the course of three months and will look into various preventive measures, such as sealants, fluoride varnish and healthy eating.
It will also examine the effects of conventional filling methods and biological treatment, in combination with prevention, the University of Newcastle announced on its website.
Professor Gail Douglas, from the University of Leeds, who will take part in the trial, commented that she was looking forward to finding out what the best approach towards treating tooth decay in children was, so that it could be widely adopted in the UK as best practice.