Some facts about Children's Dental Care
If you think your child is too young to need a pediatric dentist think
again. Children's teeth are at risk long before they have tasted a
piece of candy. Read the following
article published in October
2006 issue of Parent magazine.

An estimated 7.8 million school hours were lost to Colorado
children with oral pain. - Colorado Department of Public Health
and Environment, 2002

Both learning and school attendance improve when dental
problems are treated and children are no longer in pain. -
American Journal of Public Health

Check the ABPD directory of board certified pediatric
dentists to ensure your "children's dentist" is a "board
certified pediatric dentist" specially trained to provide
dental care for children!
Approximately 300,000 children in Colorado need restorative care, more than 50 percent of adolescents
have gum disease and nearly 20 percent have significant bone loss around at least one permanent
tooth. - Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the University of Colorado Health
Sciences Center, 1994

A 2004 Basic Screen Survey assessed more than 4,000 kindergarten and third-grade children in
Colorado for untreated decay and urgent need. Forty-six percent of kindergarten and 57 percent of
third-grade children have cavities and/or fillings. Twenty-seven percent of kindergarten and 26 percent
of third-grade children have untreated dental decay. Less than 25 percent of third-graders had dental
sealants. - Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2005

Never Underestimate the Pain of a Simple Toothache: Cavities Among Preschoolers Up and AAPD
Fights to Reverse the Trend: The seemingly minor problem of a toothache can adversely affect
children's overall health, their motivation to learn, their desire to eat; and in some cases it can even be
life-threatening. Within the last three months, two children have lost their lives to preventable
complications from infected teeth. - AAPD Press Release- May 22, 2007

The results from the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report show that young
children do not receive the proper oral care they need to promote optimal oral health. Tooth decay for
children aged two to five years increased from 24 percent to 28 percent between 1988-1994 and

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, yet 90 percent of all tooth decay is
preventable. - American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Press Release - May 1, 2007

Nationally, one out of every 15 children suffers from debilitating dental disease resulting in needless
pain, infection, dysfunction, poor appearance and low self-esteem. - Journal of the American Dental

Dental decay is the most common disease affecting U.S. children, occurring at five times the rate of
asthma and seven times that of hay fever. Untreated, these diseases can affect a child's overall health
including speech, eating patterns and the ability to concentrate in school. - Oral Health in America, U.S.
Surgeon General's Report, 2000

More than half of children aged 5-9 have had at least one cavity or filling; 78 percent of 17-year-olds
have experienced tooth decay. By age 17, more than 7 percent of children have lost at least one
permanent tooth to decay. - Office of the Surgeon General, May 2000
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