Nobody wants a cavity: they’re painful, costly, and can easily become dangerous to one’s health. Why, then, is there such a prevalence of cavities in children aged 2-11? The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Health (NIDCR), run by the National Institute of Health, published the results of the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
It may come as a shock that children are getting more and more cavities since 1990, which is very likely due to the increasing ubiquity of sugar in nearly every processed food and drink item. What’s discussed less, however, is that the children most at risk are black, hispanic, and come from low-income families. The contributing factors to this situation can be summed up in the following:
Even though there is much more information available these days on why you should take your child to the dentist before he/she is 2 years old, people rarely do. This explains why, according to the NIDCR, 42% of children aged 2-11 have dental cavities in their baby (primary) teeth.
Only 21% of children aged 6-11 had cavities in their adult (permanent) teeth. Both groups had unmet needs: 23% of the 2-11 year-olds, and 8% of the 6-11 year-olds had untreated cavities.
Untreated cavities can only be chalked up to people searching “cheap dentist near me” and coming up dry. It’s just that difficult to find an inexpensive pediatric dentist in most places. But there’s hope!
If you live in the Philadelphia area, you have access to a reliable, inexpensive pediatric dentist! Penn Dental Medicine is the dental clinic attached to the University of Pennsylvania’s ivy league School of Dentistry. They ensure affordable pediatric care in two main ways:
The last obstacle on the road to providing inexpensive pediatric dentistry for everyone is that of pediatric dentistry being seen as ‘unimportant’ before the age of 6. That view is reflected in the above statistics, and in the minds of many Americans. Perhaps it’s because baby teeth eventually fall out that they are seen as unimportant.
However, any infection caused by cavities could have dangerous fallout on the child’s overall health, their permanent teeth, or even their brain. On top of that, cavities cause pain!
Skip the drama and the danger; choose Penn Dental Medicine. It’s not too late, and it’s never too early!
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