Did you know that untreated tooth decay is a problem among roughly one-third of the world’s population? According to a recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research, more than 2.4 billion people are suffering from this oral health disease, with about 190 million new cases occurring every year. These numbers translate to more people suffering dental cavities and gum disease.
These findings are more concerning when you realize that the problem is preventable, especially in children. Your dentist can recommend a number of ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy and prevent the development of cavities, such as dental cleaning sessions and fluoride treatments. These basic preventative procedures also cost a fraction of the treatments needed for actual tooth decay and cavities, oral infections and tooth loss.