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article imageKids Getting More Cavities In Baby Teeth

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Apr 30, 2007 in Health
The preschool kids are possibly eating too much sugar as there is a rise in tooth decay in children's baby teeth.
This conclusion is the result of a government study of the nation's dental health.
Some good news from the study showed there is less periodontal disease and fewer cavities in older children. Also more older people are keeping their teeth.
What concerns the experts is the increase of cavities in the baby teeth of children ages 2 to 5. It has increased to 28% in 1999-2004. It was 24% in 1988-1994.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Bruce Dye of the National Center for Health Statistics believes one reason for the increase is that parents are giving their children more processed snack foods and more bottled water or other drinks instead of fluoridated tap water.
Even though baby teeth will fall out , dentists say untreated tooth decay can spread and is too dangerous to go untreated.
Baby teeth that have cavities can be filled. If they are so bad that they need to be extracted it will cause problems when the adult teeth start to grow in.
The study is based on an annual federal survey of about 5,000 people. It includes detailed in-person health interviews, and medical and dental examinations by health care professionals.
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