How healthy are your children’s teeth?
January 30, 2015
Ongoing dental care is an important part of your child’s everyday health. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the perfect time to schedule a dental appointment for your child.
Did You Know?
- Almost 60% of children experience tooth decay by age five;
- About 51 million hours of school are missed each year due to dental problems;
- Children between the ages of five and 17 years are five times more likely to have
- tooth decay than asthma, hay fever, or chronic bronchitis;
- For every dollar spent on preventing dental disease, an estimated $8 to $50
- can be saved in restorative and emergency treatment;
- Tooth decay is preventable.
According to a report by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), tooth decay is the most common disease faced by young children and can lead to unhealthy sleep habits, life-threatening infections, poor school performance, and a reluctance to speak, smile, and play. However, with proper care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits, teeth can remain healthy and strong throughout your child’s life.
Dental professionals can help parents optimize their children’s dental health and learn about ways to prevent early childhood cavities including proper brushing and flossing techniques. For more information on how to protect your children’s teeth, contact Midwestern University’s Dental Institute in Illinois at 630.743.4500, and in Arizona at 623.537.6000.