CDC says children are getting more cavities than ever before - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/29/10

CDC says children are getting more cavities than ever before

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – After years of mostly good news at the dentist's office, cavities are making a comeback.  According to the CDC, pediatric cavities were at an all time low in the mid 90's, but today, even though the Nation's overall dental health has improved, it's the little ones who are getting more cavities in their baby teeth now than they were a decade ago.  The problem they say is too many juices and not enough brushing when that first tooth shows up.

"If we can brush the bacteria away and we can prohibit certain kinds of foods from getting to that tooth, we can prevent cavities," said Melissa Rozas, D.D.S., a pediatric dentist.

She says the bacteria that causes those cavities forms much earlier, which is why dentists and doctors suggests dental visits starting at age one, and just as soon as that first tooth pops up in a baby, that's when parents should begin brushing and even flossing too, so parents can implement good dietary and dental hygiene habits from the moment the first tiny tooth appears.  For more information please, (Click Here).

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