Kids’ Oral Health

By January 3, 2019Uncategorized

Cavities

Cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases affecting children in the United States. An untreated cavity can lead to issues with eating, speaking, learning, and playing. A child with poor negative health will often have to miss more school and thus earn lower grades.

Around 20% of 5 to 11-year old’s have had at least one untreated cavity, while 13% of 12-19-year old’s have an untreated cavity. Children from lower-income families are twice as likely to have oral health issues.

Fortunately, cavities are preventable; fluoride varnish can stop 33% of baby-tooth cavities. Those living in communities with fluoridated water or who also brush with fluoride toothpaste are less likely to develop cavities. Dental sealants will also prevent 80% of cavities.

What Can You Do?

Here are ways that you can help your child with their oral health:

  • Use fluoride toothpaste, only give a small amount to children younger than 6, and don’t give any to children younger than 2. When your child gets their first tooth, talk to a medical professional about fluoride varnish. If your water is fluoridated, talk to a medical professional about fluoride supplements.
  • Consult a dentist about dental sealants.
  • Have your child’s first dentist checkup by age 1.
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