Pediatric Dental Crisis Declared by American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, our nation’s children are experiencing a dental crisis. They report that 25%-30% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 already have cavities.

While “dental crisis” may be a rather strong phrase, we can’t deny that this new trend is quite disturbing.

This says a few things about the current state of our children’s dental health:

  • Not as many children are visiting the dentist as often as they should, if at all;
  • Children are not practicing good dental habits on a regular basis, such as daily brushing; and
  • Children are consuming more sugary and acidic products, such as soft drinks, than they have in the past.

The great thing is that all three of these factors can be easily prevented! All it takes is implementing a daily toothbrushing regimen of twice a day, cutting down the amount of sugary foods and drinks your children consume, and taking your child to the dentist by the time he or she is three years old–a good general rule is no earlier than two unless directed by a physician.

That’s really all there is to it. Two of the preventative measures don’t even cost you a thing. The big question is if you, as a parent, are following through. Remember, if you don’t cut down your sugar intake, brush your teeth daily, or visit the dentist, chances are astronomical that your children will follow suit. If you have children younger than two, this is the best time to introduce your child to brushing his or teeth by having them watch you brush and floss yours.

This is definitely one statistic you do not want your child to be a part of.

Comments

  1. Yikes. But not surprising. Considering the awful food and drinks that our nation’s children are consuming, it’s all too obvious that the increase in cavities is directly proportional to the increase in obesity.

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