Cavities (otherwise called caries or tooth decay) are perhaps the most widely recognized persistent illnesses of young children throught the country. Untreated cavities can cause decay and infections that might prompt issues with eating, talking, playing, and learning. Children who have unfortunate oral health frequently miss more school which would cause additonal academic issues.

Around 1 of 5 (20%) children between 5 to 11 year old have no less than one untreated decayed tooth.

1 of 7 (13%) teenagers between 12 to 19 years have approximatley one untreated rotted tooth.

Children between 5 to 19 from low income families are two times as probable (25%) to have cavities, in comparrison to children from higher income families (11%).

Fortunately cavities are preventable. Fluoride varnish can prevent around 33% (33%) of cavities in baby teeth. Children who live in areas with floridated tap water have less cavities than children whose water isn’t fluoridated. Similarly, kids who brush day to day with fluoride toothpaste will have less cavities.

Dental sealants can likewise delay cavaties for a long time. Applying dental sealants to the biting surfaces of the back teeth delay 80% of cavities.