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Tooth decay on the rise in American children
Updated: 7/20/2012 5:45:02 PM

Tooth decay on the rise in American children  

It's not just adults who are having trouble gaining access to dental care. Children are also struggling with untreated tooth decay, which can cause such intense pain that they have to take time out of school. Recently, KHOU, a Texas news source, spoke to local dentists about the problems they are noticing in their pediatric patients.

The information provider profiled one little girl who had seven cavities in her mouth, and would have to undergo an hour and a half long procedure with anesthesia.

"We’re seeing a rise in cavities. We’re also seeing a rise in childhood obesity. We think diet plays a big part in that," said local dentist Richard Matthews, quoted by the news source. "There’s also a genetic component that affects it because we have kids who brush, floss and still get cavities. It’s a great frustration to parents."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. Brushing, flossing and regular professional cleanings by a dentist are the keys to avoiding this preventable dental health problem. 

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