Preschoolers with 10 cavities are nothing to smile about

Earlier this month, a New York Times article brought to light a study by the Center for Disease Control which found that there was an increase in the number of preschoolers with cavities.

Even worse, “dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more. The level of decay, they added, is so severe that they often recommend anesthesia” for the children because they cannot sit for such a long procedure, according to the article.

So what is causing this scary trend? Bar parenting? Processed foods? Maybe it’s a little of both.

Endless Snacking – Our eating habits have changed. In the past, families sat down to three meals a day. Now, with busy lifestyles, the mobility that comes with cars and public transportation and fast easy food, such as microwavable snacks and packaged foods stuffed with preservatives to last, children and adults are snacking all day long which leads to an unlimited supply of food for the oral bacteria that cause cavities.

Bottled Water – Advertisers have done it again. They have found a way to sell ice to a polar bear. Or in this case, found a way to sell water to us when we already have it coming out of the faucet. More families are drinking bottled water rather than fluoridated water from the tap. Fluoridated water is a proven cavity fighter.

Lack of Knowledge – As a parent of young children, chances are you’re probably dodging the toddler toys on the floor while running around trying to cook, clean and keep track of your little one. Brushing teeth at night or taking a child to the dentist may be the last thing on your mind. Maybe you are unsure about when to start using fluoride toothpaste or when you should take your child to visit the dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has a simple FAQ that can answer all your questions.

So step up parents, and do a little parenting before your kids teeth rot right out of their mouths.

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6 responses to “Preschoolers with 10 cavities are nothing to smile about

  1. My son had cavities when he was younger and I instantly stopped the constant grazing. I didnt realize until after the dentist visit how bad it was for them. They never had bottles which I have been told is a cause for early toothe decay. And I always limited how much juice they drank, and made sure that for every cup of juice they had they had two of water.
    This is a great post!! Thanks for the information and the reminder for all of us moms to be more aware.

  2. It’s not much of a surprise , when you consider how much junk we’re giving our kids – unfortunately !

  3. I would add to your list the insanely high sugar content of most processed foods. Our taste buds have become so accustomed to it that we don’t even know we’re eating the equivalent of a candy bar after a candy bar after a candy bar….

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