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Cavities are the most common chronic disease among children between the ages of 6 and 11 and adolescents between 12 and 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recently, an article in the New York Times highlighted what a large problem tooth decay is among U.S. children.
According to the news source, more kids are showing up with cavities that are so bad that they need to go into surgery.
"We have had a huge increase in kids going to the operating room," said Jonathan Shenkin, a pediatric dentist in Augusta, Maine, and a spokesman for the American Dental Association, quoted by the news source."We’re treating more kids more aggressively earlier."
The Times stated that there are many causes of this problem. For example, many parents are putting their young children to bed with bottles of juice or other sweet drinks, while others are giving their kids only bottled water, which means they don't get the fluoride that is in tap water. Many parents are also neglecting to bring kids to the dentist, which could be due to cost.
While some people may have difficulty paying for a visit to the dentist, there are many discount dental plans available that can help them afford the oral care they need. Furthermore, these programs are certainly cheaper than an expensive operation.
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