Tooth Decay Prevalence: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 20% of children aged 5-11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.
Early Dental Visits: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child should see a dentist by their first birthday or within six months of the eruption of their first tooth. However, surveys indicate that only around 40% of children see a dentist by their first birthday.
Dental Sealants: Approximately 60% fewer cavities form in the chewing surfaces of back teeth when children receive dental sealants, according to the CDC.
Fluoridated Water: The CDC states that tooth decay in children can be reduced by 25% by drinking water that has been fluoridated at the recommended levels.
Dental Trauma: Nearly 30% of preschoolers suffer from dental trauma, with falls being a leading cause, as per the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry.
Oral Hygiene: A study indicated that only 44% of children brushed their teeth twice a day, as recommended for optimal oral health.
Sports-Related Dental Injuries: According to the AAPD, up to 39% of dental injuries in children are sports-related. The use of mouthguards can significantly reduce the likelihood of these injuries.
Orthodontic Issues: Roughly 45% of children require orthodontic treatment, with many cases arising from untreated early dental issues, according to various orthodontic journals.
Sugary Drinks Consumption: Almost 40% of children aged 2-11 consume sugary drinks daily, increasing their risk of cavities, as found in multiple nutritional studies.
Dental Anxiety: Studies have shown that around 10-20% of children experience dental anxiety, making their dental visits and treatments challenging.