Prevalence of Children's Cavities Statistics
Findings for Tooth Decay In Children
Of children aged 2-11 years old, 41% of them had tooth decay in their first teeth. Children from higher income families had a lower cavity rate, averaging 30.7% of all children affected. Children from lower income families ranged in cavity rates from 45.2% to 55.3%.
Untreated tooth decay is a common condition. 21% of children have untreated tooth decay. This represents about half of the children with cavities. Lower income groups had more children with untreated tooth decay. Presumably there is an effort to save money by avoiding dental treatments.
Examining the Data on Toddler Tooth Decay
Don't worry about these confusing government charts; I will explain the key data points regarding children's cavities.
I am looking at the first row of data that describes the age group of 2-5 years old. In the 1988-1994 data survey 24.35% of young children had tooth cavities. In the 1999-2002 survey, this number increased by 15% to 27.91%. For some reason researchers who summarized this study hid the fact of this dramatic rise by lumping together the 2-5 year old age group with the 6-11 year old age group. The reason why cavity rates are rising is due to a poor diet for children and pregnant mothers.
This chart is a graphical representation of the data in the tables above.
To reduce the prevelance of baby cavities, mother's and father's need to change their diet before conception.
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