Report: Increase in Childhood Tooth Decay
A new study finds tooth decay has become a more serious problem today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of those in the six to eleven year old age group 21% have had cavities. The study found about 42% of kids two to eleven have had them in their baby teeth. The experts say tooth decay is more common in youngsters than even asthma. Some speculate poor diet combined with inadequate brushing and flossing are some of the reason why.
That's why the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has started a new effort designed to encourage parents to start care with a dentist early.