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Dental Facts

1. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic disease of childhood 5X more common than asthma and 7X more common than hay fever.

2. The health of children's teeth and mouths is as important as any other part of their bodies, and affects how they feel, learn and behave.

3. Dental caries may affect a child's eating habits and nutritional intake, potentially influencing growth and early childhood development and school readiness.

4. The pain and infection caused by dental caries can lead to poor school attendance and problems in eating, speaking and attending to learning.

5. If left untreated, dental caries can lead to severe toothaches, oral abscess, destruction of bone and spread of infection via the blood stream.

6. Early childhood caries dramatically increase a child's risk for future dental caries.

7. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that children in the United States will miss more than 51 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems.

8. By mid-childhood, more than 50% of children have detectable caries, and by late adolescence approximately 80% have acquired this preventable infectious disease.

9. Serious oral disease may undermine self-image and self-esteem, discourage normal social interaction, and lead to chronic stress and depression as well as to incurring great financial cost.

10. The majority of dental disease is preventable, and with access to preventive services and regular oral health exams, we can have healthier, more productive kids.

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