Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Dentists Share Simple Tips to Help Your Children Fend Off Cavities
Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic childhood disease in the United States, and is five times more common than childhood asthma and twenty times more common than diabetes. According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has found that 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have cavities in their baby teeth. The same study shows that 21 percent of children from the same age bracket have cavities in the permanent teeth. The development of tooth decay can have long-lasting effects, even if the cavity “only” affected a baby tooth. Tooth decay on baby teeth can easily spread to the permanent teeth underneath, significantly increasing the likelihood of the permanent tooth succumbing to decay later on in life. In some cases, early tooth decay can affect the proper formation of permanent teeth.