Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dental Did You Know: The Increasing Rate of Caries (Cavities) in Children

The prevalence of dental decay in the United States (and presumably in Canada) in children aged 2-5 has increased 15.2% according to recent data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Factors that influence this rate include:

  1. Active dental caries in the primary caregiver
  2. Socioeconomic status  
  3. Dental IQ  
  4. Medical history 
  5. Dietary habits

Source: Cohn C, Why Does My Child Get So Many Cavities? What Can I Do About It?, Oral Health, January 2012, Vol 102, No 1, pg 46-53.

Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada
(1/2 km north of the QEW in the Dome Building)
(905) 273-7100