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Children and Tooth Decay

Mother helping son brush teethThough it may sound unbelievable, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. reported findings that around an astounding 20% of children ages 5-11 had at least one decayed tooth that was untreated. Australia, in comparison, shows even higher levels, with 25% of kids ages 5-10 having the same problem!

Ensuring Your Child’s Dental Health

As our children grow, the chances of tooth decay in the primary teeth do, too, with 25% of these cases going untreated. How can you stop your child from becoming a part of these alarming statistics?

With regular checkups, not only can we stop any problems early on, but Albany Place Dental Practice can also teach your child healthy oral habits that will serve them well into the future.

The Many Causes of Tooth Decay

Of the many studies completed about tooth decay in children, there have been some consistent, often surprising findings.

  • Socio-economic Status – A correlation has been shown that the less income a family has, the fewer dental checkups their children have, leading to a higher level of untreated decay.
  • Rural vs. City Living – Australian children who reside in rural areas have a higher level of tooth decay than those in cities. Most likely, it’s due to a decreased availability of nearby dental practices.
  • Water Fluoridation – Children from Northern Territory and Queensland had the highest tooth decay levels. The figures in Queensland, however, were collected at the beginning of water fluoridation, which would likely have a positive impact on this number.
  • Good Oral Hygiene Practices – Brushing twice daily and flossing regularly starting early in life will make a remarkable difference in the incidence of tooth decay.
  • Sugary Foods and Drinks – Just as you’d think, the higher consumption of sugary foods and drinks indicates a greater occurrence of tooth decay in children. These sugars are broken down into acids that attach to the teeth’s enamel, weakening it and causing decay.

We Can Help

We treat children with tooth decay as well as a variety of other dental needs. Schedule your appointment today!

Albany Creek Children and Tooth Decay | Albany Place Dental Practice | 07 3264 2650