Cavities and Kids Continued...

Thursday, September 27th, 2012, 7:06 pm

Kids and cavities are a huge health problem. Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease and it is one that is easily prevented in only about 5 minutes per day!

In our last post we talked about the importance of getting kids to brush their teeth. A shocking survey completed by the Ad Council showed that only 44% of American kids brush their teeth two or more times per day. More than half of our kids are at risk of painful dental problems – it is estimated that more than 16 million kids in the US suffer from untreated tooth decay. Some people don’t take their young children for dental care because they feel “the baby teeth are just gong to fall out anyway”. Children experiencing dental pain miss more than 50 million school hours and their parents miss 25 million work hours each year.

Ignoring decay can lead to complications such as tooth loss, severe pain, tooth abscesses and worse. Bacteria from untreated infections can enter the bloodstream causing complications in other parts of the body. A few years ago a 12 year old boy died when the infection from an abscessed tooth spread to his brain.

One of the most surprising parts of the survey completed by the Ad Council showed that 60% of parents with children aged 12 and under did not regularly help their child brush or check to see that proper brushing was completed.

The good news was that 31% of parents reported arguing at least once a week about brushing with their kids. Keep up the good work!

By making sure your child remains as cavity-free as possible during childhood and adolescence you are giving them the gift of good dental health for their entire lives. Once your child is in the habit of proper oral care they are likely to keep that habit for life. (Some studies have shown that we all brush like we were taught in childhood – even if we have been taught better brushing techniques as adults!)

In the event your child does get a cavity early treatment is best. Remember that Wilbanks Smile Center is a mercury-free office and will not use amalgam fillings to treat your child.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA  today at 706-886-9439 to schedule dental check-ups for your entire family.

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