Despite the gains provided by fluoridated water, tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood illness in the United States. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that 42% of U.S. children aged 2-11 have primary-tooth decay, and 21% of children aged 6-11 have tooth decay in their permanent teeth. While this high incidence of tooth decay among young children can partially be explained by poor dental hygiene and high consumption of sugary foods and drinks, new research suggests that chronic stress during pregnancy may raise the risk of tooth decay in a woman’s children. While a direct relationship has not been found, improving a pregnant woman’s quality of life may lead to improved health of her children’s teeth.
All children need early and regular dental care. During well-child visits the doctor will check your child’s dental health. A visit to a dentist is recommended within 6 months of when your child’s first tooth comes in but no later than your child’s first birthday. At 9 WEST MAIN DENTAL, We’re currently accepting new patients and welcome your call at 508.867.2777 to schedule an appointment for superior dental care. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. The research mentioned above, which involved an analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, also found that children who were not breast-fed were also more likely to have tooth decay.