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Why Good Dental Health is Important

Innumerable studies and research have confirmed the importance of starting children early in their lives with good dental hygiene and oral care. According to research, the most common chronic childhood disease in America is tooth decay, affecting 20% of 2 to 4 year olds, 52% of first-graders and 80% of 17-year-olds. Early preventive treatment and parent education minimizes the risk of these problems affecting a child’s health, well-being, self-image and overall achievement.

The National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research estimates that children in the U.S. will miss 52 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems and about 12.5 million days of restricted activity every year from dental symptoms. Because this is such a significant issue in their overall health and academic performance, the Surgeon General has made children’s oral health a priority.

Parents must take responsibililty for their child's oral health beginning at birth and continuing until that child is a young adult. Parents must be educators. They must be knowledgable about what causes cavities to develop and what to do to reduce the risk of this happening. This is why early intervention and parent education is so important. This is why the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Surgeon General want all children to be under the care of a dentist by 1 year of age. Early prevention and parent education is essential to minimize your child's risk of cavities.