Juvenile Tooth Decay: An Epidemic
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Dentistry, Orthodontics, pediatrics
MACOMB, MI - The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that the prevalence of tooth decay in children has reached an “epidemic” level. According to their research, the CDC has explained that tooth decay exists as one of the most common childhood diseases, crushing the prevalence of other common ailments such as asthma and hay fever.
As the figures get more specific, the gravity of the situation becomes unnervingly apparent. The CDC says that 42% of children from 2-11 have reported cases of cavities in their baby teeth, and that 21% of children aged 6-11 have reported cavities in their permanent teeth. Surprisingly, this is not the worst of the information on this topic. Warren Brill, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), details a number of other surprising facts about juvenile tooth decay:
1. There are an increasingly high number of young children (many of whom come from underserved environments) facing tooth decay issues such as “early childhood caries” (ECC), which was formerly known as “baby bottle tooth decay.” ECC results from failure to clean the mouths and teeth of young children that are continuously laid to bed with bottles or given “sippy cups” filled with sugary drinks to carry around for long periods of time. Many parents don’t know the simple fact: once a tooth surfaces, it is immediately at risk for decay.
2. Cavities can lead to major health problems. The bacteria in the mouth that help to form cavities have the ability to burrow into dental nerves, which can lead to a dental abscess. From here, the bacteria has the ability to spread into the bloodstream, where it has direct access to a number of essential organs (like the heart and brain).
3. Energy Drinks are “Dental Poison.” Brill explained that he and his colleagues have seen a number of nightmarish situations in the mouths of older children due to the heavy ingestion of energy drinks like Red Bull, Monster, or Rock Star. The incredibly high sugar content in these drinks is a major cause of tooth decay.
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Specialists of Michigan works hard to combat the continued spread of tooth decay in Michigan youths when it occurs but, more importantly, before it occurs. They do this through education and intervention in the office and throughout schools, day cares, and community activities in the community (see our previous blog post about Ms. Sherri – Dental Hygiene Educator Extraordinaire). If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s dental health, feel free to reach out to any of our highly knowledgeable professionals in any of the Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Specialists of Michigan Offices.
About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan have specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. The pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults, including being an Invisalign preferred provider. The ability to treat all special needs patients reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy. Valued hospital affiliations allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children's Hospital when needed.
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan
39400 Garfield Rd., Suite 200
Clinton Township, MI 48038
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