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"Ann Boyle, dean of the School of Dental Medicine, said many people would be shocked if they realized the seriousness of the problem with youth tooth decay.
'It�s hard to believe,' Boyle said.
She said that behind each child with poor dental hygiene is usually an uneducated parent who struggles to make ends meet.
Such children often have broken-down teeth that keep them from eating properly, and they develop toothaches that keep them from sleeping at home and concentrating at school. In some cases, serious decay can lead to infections that demand emergency care. "