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Tooth decay is becoming a major epidemic among children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that more than 28 percent of U.S. toddlers and preschoolers have untreated cavities.
In an effort to fight this problem, the University of Washington recently partnered with several Seattle-area health groups to open the Center for Pediatric Dentistry. The new clinic will specialize in treating children from birth to three years of age.
"We are seeing an alarming increase in early childhood [cavities]," said Joel Berg, director of the center. "It is truly a national health crisis. This trend, coupled with a shortage of pediatric dentists, educational facilities, and integrated policy approach were the primary reason and driving force behind the formation of the [center]."
Berg added that there is currently a four month wait period for serious pediatric dental care services in King County, Washington. He hopes that the new clinic will greatly reduce that wait time. The group expects its new facilities to be able to handle as many as 40,000 patient visits each year.
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