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Poor dental health prevalent among American kids
Updated: 12/8/2009 6:59:49 PM

Poor dental health prevalent among American kids Dental health problems like tooth decay are a serious issue, especially because they can damage a child's overall wellbeing.

Thanks to the fluoridation of water, fewer and fewer children had cavities over the course of the 1970s and '80s, according to the Wall Street Journal. But problems with tooth decay began to reappear in the late 1990s, and now the issue is worsening.

Between 1999 and 2004, 28 percent of children had at least one cavity, reports the publication. Unfortunately, no clear explanation for this decline in dental health is known. Some dentists believe bottled water is the problem. Such water is becoming increasingly popular, but it doesn't contain fluoride - a characteristics that negatively impacts oral health.

Although cavities are especially common in children, anyone is susceptible to tooth decay, according to the Mayo Clinic. Untreated cavities often create more serious health problems like infections and other complications. Visiting the dentist for regular teeth cleanings can help prevent tooth decay, as can daily brushing and flossing. Avoiding sugary snacks and drinks might also be a good idea.

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