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Five Surprising Statistics on Children’s Dental Health

Abstract: Nowadays, more and more people are beginning to pay attention to dental health, especially children’s dental health. There are mainly five surprising statistics on children’s dental health.

According to the statistics from Shanghai dental research, over the last few decades, we make great progress in meeting the needs of children’s medical and dental health. However, there are still some surprising statistics on their dental health.

Still lots of untreated cavities

In America, there is almost one out of five children who have untreated cavities, which has a great influence on dental health. There are about 19.5 percent kids between the age of 2 and 5 and about 22.9 percent youngsters between the age of 6 and 19, according to shanghai dental. The numbers who have untreated cavities among girls and boys is almost same. So what can affect the numbers of untreated cavities? In general, there are various kinds of factors including race, ethnic origin, and poverty level.

Most common childhood disease

Many people may think that asthma, allergies, obesity, or diabetes are the most common childhood diseases, but it is wrong. In fact, the most common childhood disease is tooth decay, which is also one kind of dental disease, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. It is said that, it is five times than asthma and four times than early-childhood obesity. In addition, the tooth decay occurs 20 times more often than diabetes.

Dental issues in schools

Dental problems, especially dental disease, can affect the performance on the American school day. According to certain research, students may lose more than 51 million school hours because of dental disease. Before they set foot in a kindergarten, there is one out of four kids who have never gone to the dentist. It is necessary for kids to treat dental problems.

Sealants do not last forever

The statistics of tooth decay are reduced because of the development of the plastic coatings that can protect the chewing surface of children’s teeth. However, the sealants of your children will not last forever, because the life of a sealant ranges from 5 to 10 years, according to the CDC. In order to prevent dental disease of your children, you had better go to visit dentists regularly, who can check the condition of the sealants and recommend replacement as needed. However, though the sealants are very important, they cannot replace fluoride when it comes to cavity protection.

The downside of sports

There are as many as 39 percent of dental injuries when kids are playing, so two types of protection are helmets and mouth guards. And then go to a dentist as fast as possible.

Plublish Date: 2014-07-21

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