In this day and age of excellent dental care, the availability of fluoridated tooth pastes, and an abundance of education, it’s hard to believe that the most pervasive threat to children’s health today is tooth decay.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. A new survey released by the Ad Council reports that only 44 percent of American kids brush their teeth two or more times per day.
That leaves the majority of kids at high risk for costly and painful dental problems. It’s reported that more than 16 million kids are suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S.
It’s hard to believe and it’s certainly not something to be taken lightly. Left untreated, tooth decay can lead to complications including tooth loss, severe pain, chewing problems and tooth abscesses. Bacteria from gum disease can also enter the bloodstream, sometimes causing infections in other parts of the body, such as the heart.
The problem is easily solved. Preventing this common chronic childhood disease takes less than 5 minutes a day spent brushing and flossing. Support your good home dental hygiene with a professional cleaning and checkup every 6 months, and your kids have a great chance of keeping their smiles for their lifetimes.
Don’t let your kids suffer from tooth decay. Make sure they brush and floss at least 2 times a day and get regular dental care. To schedule your child’s checkup and cleaning, just call my Lewisburg dental practice today.