tooth decay in kidsTooth decay remains the most common chronic disease in children – four times more common than childhood obesity and five times more common than asthma. More than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their baby teeth, and more than two-thirds of 16- to 19-year olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child with unhealthy teeth is at risk for future oral health problems as an adult. Untreated tooth decay can lead to infection, loss of teeth and necessary emergency or restorative intervention. Oral health also has a direct correlation to overall health, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Prevention is key to reducing tooth decay. Children should first see a dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts, or by age 1. Dental problems can start early, and the sooner parents establish a dental “home” for their children, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. But, it’s equally important that parents help children practice consistent oral health habits at home.

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