Surprising Facts: Children’s Oral Health

Staying up to date and educated on issues facing your child’s health is a full time job! Educating yourself on your child’s oral health is one easy thing you can do. Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill is committed to childhood tooth-care!

You may be surprised about some of the oral health facts about kids, but you can plan and enforce a better oral health care routine in your home.

Common Childhood Diseases

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), cavities are the number one childhood disease above asthma, obesity and Diabetes II. Cavities are 20 times more common than diabetes and 5 times more common than childhood asthma!

Tooth Decay or cavities should be a main focus of your child’s healthcare program. Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill is here to help you and your child get the best possible oral care available!

Untreated Cavities

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report revealed that 19% of adolescents aged 2 to 19 have untreated dental caries! The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research revealed that 42% of children aged 2 to 11 have had caries (tooth decay) in their primary teeth. Early cavity detection is the best defense. Be sure to include regular dental check ups in your child’s health care routine! At Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill we see kids from toddlers through high school, so you can be sure you have a lifelong ally in the fight against tooth decay!

Dental Injuries and Sports

The AAPD notes that 10-39% of childhood dental injuries are caused by sports. Chipped and broken teeth are particularly common! Be sure your athlete wears the right protection, including a mouth-guard when necessary to avoid possibly painful and costly repairs. Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill is open Monday through Saturday for all your dental needs!

Turning Oral Health Issues Into Learning Lessons

51 Million school hours are lost each year due to dental related illness according to The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. And although dental check up may not contribute much to these numbers, more extensive dental work such as filling cavities makes the time add up, not to mention the amount of schoolwork a child can miss! Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill recommends scheduling regular visits around vacations and holidays. For more serious care, schedule time after class or on the weekends.

Of course making sure that your home oral healthcare routines are in place can help prevent serious dental problems!

The Facts may be in, but letting Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill guide your child’s healthy oral care habits now will help avoid more serious care later!


Reference:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

The Center for Health and Health in Schools

 




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