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LEARN: Chomper Check In

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and if your children are young, they probably received a bounty of cards and candy to celebrate the day. While your kids are excited about the prospect of eating chocolate and candy, we at NMCSD recommend you schedule their next dental check-up!

Dental check-ups are as necessary as all the medical check-ups your children receive. Oral diseases can present as dental cavities, all the way to oral cancers, but these issues may not stay limited to the mouth. Research suggests that the state of oral health is linked to various chronic diseases. Specifically, gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

What exactly can happen to the teeth? According to the Centers for Disease Control, dentists might be looking for untreated dental caries (a term used to describe tooth decay) that has not received the appropriate dental treatment. According to a 2012 survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control, 23 percent of dental caries presented in children ages two to five That means almost one in every four children already had tooth decay! An alarming 56 percent of children six to eight also presented with dental caries in their primary teeth (not adult teeth). Even though these teeth do eventually fall out, the data for caries in children’s permanent teeth is not much better. Twenty-one percent of children ages six to eleven presented with dental caries in their permanent teeth.

Parents do not despair. There is hope! Regular visits to the dentist and cutting back on the amount of sugar your child consumes will help prevent and protect your children. Preventive measures like regular check-ups can save you time, money, and painful dentist visits in the years to come!

Be sure to schedule your child’s next dental visit today!