In Response to CDC Report on Dental Caries in Primary Teeth, Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire Urges Parents to Brush Up on Their Kids' Dental Hygiene

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Top Area Pediatric Dentists Emphasize Importance of Daily Maintenance for Healthy Teeth

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Neglected cavities can, and do, frequently lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. That’s why we urge our patients and their parents to practice healthy dental hygiene.

In support of the recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the prevalence of dental caries (tooth decay and cavities) in children and adolescents, Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire is encouraging parents to schedule regular dental visits, teach their kids proper brushing and flossing techniques, and avoid cavity-promoting foods and beverages.

Last month, the CDC released the key findings of a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in an article on their website entitled, “Dental Caries and Sealant Prevalence in Children and Adolescents in the United States, 2011-2012.” The cross-sectional survey consisted of in-home interviews with participants and oral health assessments conducted by trained dentists in mobile examination centers.

The statistics revealed the incidences of dental caries in kids of all ages and ethnic groups. Of particular note was that approximately 23 percent of children age 2-5 years had dental caries in primary teeth. In two other groups evaluated – children age 2 to 8, and adolescents age 12 to 19 - approximately 37 percent and 60 percent, respectively, had experienced dental caries in primary teeth, with 14 to 15 percent of those age ranges demonstrating untreated tooth decay.

“As we tell our patients and their parents every day, maintaining the health of primary teeth is essential for proper chewing and eating, providing space for permanent teeth, and permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles,” explained Dr. Andrew Cheifetz of Children’s Dental Center.

“Neglected cavities can, and do, frequently lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth,” added Dr. James McAveeney, founder of Children’s Dental Center. “That’s why we urge our patients and their parents to practice healthy dental hygiene, which includes brushing teeth for several minutes twice a day, flossing regularly, scheduling regular appointments, and avoiding sticky foods and sugar-laden beverages that can result in unwanted cavities.”

For more information about Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire, visit http://www.childrensdentalnh.com or call (603) 673-1000.

About Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire

Based in Amherst, NH, Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire has provided a skilled and kid-focused approach to pediatric dentistry since the practice was founded more than 30 years ago. With a mission for quality and a passion for smiles, Dr. James McAveeney and Dr. Andrew Cheifetz and their caring, talented team of hygienists, assistants and office administrators offer a wide range of pediatric dentistry, orthodontic and dental emergency services in a positive, nurturing environment for babies, children and adolescents.

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