Tooth Decay Impacts Children’s Learning

Drs. Mary J. Hayes (Ill.) and Joel H. Berg (Wash.) were interviewed by HealthDay, an online consumer health news service ( Hayes highlighted the connection that oral health has to overall health. Berg mentioned the importance of baby teeth and how pain affects children’s learning. Berg and Hayes offered parents and caregivers tips on how to ensure that their children have healthy smiles and bodies. Within the article, the reporter pointed to the increase in children’s tooth decay among preschoolers, as cited in the 2007 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in every five three-year-olds suffers from tooth decay, and when children start kindergarten that number jumps to 40 percent. This article, “Rise Cited in Tooth Decay Among Kids,” appeared during National Children’s Dental Health Month (February 2009) in Asbury Park Press (N.J), The Northwestern (Wis.) and other various newspapers nationwide.   


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