Calling all parents! February is Children’s Dental Health Month! So, I thought I would share some information from the AAPD and some facts that they have detailed at their website: mouthmonsters.
Here are some fun stats from the AAPD’s first State of Little Teeth Report
1. Tooth decay is the NUMBER ONE chronic infectious disease affecting children in the United States and is on the rise, but is largely PREVENTABLE!
2. The rate of tooth decay in baby teeth of children aged 2 to 5 years increased nearly 17% from 1988-1994 to 1999-2004!
3. By age 5, about 60% of children will be affected by tooth decay (that is 6 in 10 kids)!
4. Children with oral health problems are three times more likely to miss school due to dental pain than children with no oral health problems.
5. AAPD recommends taking a child for their first dental visit by the age of 1!
6. Delaying dental care to age 2 or 3 can have a negative impact on a child’s oral health.
7. 40% of parents and caregivers surveyed are delaying their child’s first dental visit until after age 2.
8. More than half of parents and caregivers (53%) surveyed are not aware that pediatric dentists have two to three years of specialized training beyond dental school. Upon learning about additional training, nearly 100% are likely to seek out a pediatric dentist for their child.
9. Less than 1 in 10 parents and caregivers surveyed are aware of the dental home concept: an ongoing relationship with a primary dental care provider and patient in which oral health care is delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible and family-centered manner. After learning about the concept, nearly 9 in 10 parents indicate that they are likely to take their child to a pediatric dentist!