The rate of tooth decay in the country's youngest children is increasing, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), states the American Dental Association (ADA).
Youth children who had dental decay in their primary teeth increased from 18 percent during the years of 1988 to 1994, to 24 percent during the years 1999 to 2004, states the CDC report.
While the ADA stated no cause for the increase in poor dental care in children that led to more instances of tooth decay, the condition has traditionally been set off by a diet of foods high in carbohydrates. This includes soda, cakes an candy, which can be left on the teeth if not brushed away, causing bacteria to thrive in the mouth.
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, according to the ADA. Early dental care on infants, administered by parents with a special toothbrush, can reduce the risk of the condition.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their initial dental checkup by their first birthday.
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