Facts & Statistics About Kids & Dental Health
Here are some notable facts and statistics regarding children and dental health and hygiene:
Fact #1: Dental health involves more than just teeth
Dental disease can affect kids as young as 18 months old, and dentists report seeing 2- or 3-year-olds hospitalized for facial infections that could have been prevented with early intervention.
Fact #2: Proper dental hygiene saves money
Since a single filling can cost up to $300, preventing dental problems through good hygiene can save your family money later.
Fact #3: Dental hygiene seems to be worsening among U.S. children
Recent data shows that cavities are increasing among U.S. preschoolers, as are rates of dental erosion. Too much soda and a poor diet is seen as driving these trends. (Painter, 2008)
Fact/statistic #4: Rates of tooth erosion among children
In a 2008 study that examined 900 children ages 10 to 14, Bennett Amaechi, a dental researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and his colleagues found signs of tooth erosion in 30% of kids. (ibid)