There has been a lot of progress made in the provision of dental care for children in the previous years. However, there are still several surprising statistics involving children’s oral health.
Surprising Dental Statics on Children
- Many cavities are going untreated. Although large strides have been made in the past few years to ensure that medical and dental care is more available especially to children, several children are still not able to access dental care. As a result their cavities go untreated. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention places the rate at 19.5% for children aged 2 to 5 and 22.9% for those 6 to 19.
It was noted that the trend was related to ethnic background, poverty level and race of the children.
- Statistics have shown that more than 51 million hours of school are lost annually as a result of dental issues. Children are forced to skip school in order to attend to urgent dental issues.
- If you thought that the most common chronic childhood diseases were asthma, allergies or diabetes, you are wrong. The most common chronic illnesses in children in the US involve dental issues such as tooth decay. Tooth decay alone strikes 20 times more children than diabetes.
- Sports are a major cause of dental injuries in children. According to Colgate, 39% of the dental injuries recorded in 2013 were as a result of sports related activities.
- The use of dental sealants to protect the surfaces of children’s teeth has greatly reduced the occurrence of tooth decay. However, sealants are not a permanent solution. They wear away. The average life of sealants is anything between 5 and 10 years depending on the type of sealant. However, the CDC encourages the use of sealants in the prevention of decay.
Why are dental statistics important?
Dental statistics such as those shown above help us face the facts about our dental care. They give us an opportunity to make the necessary changes to our oral care and therefore prevent common problems.
If you are a parent and are reading these statistics, you may be troubled by some of them. However, consider yourself lucky. You now know what needs to change in order to improve your child’s dental health. You may want to consider:
- Enforcing a strict oral hygiene routine for your child.
- Ensuring that your child visits the dentist regularly for check-ups.
- Ensure that your child sees a dentist as soon as a problem is identified.