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Pediatric Dentists See Uptick in Cavities in GA Children

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Monday, February 13, 2023   

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, giving parents another reason to watch their children's intake of Valentine candy this week.

Pediatric dentists say cavities appear to be on the rise among Georgia kids. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Amr Moursi, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, said the pandemic made matters worse. Children were at home and snacking more often, and routine checkups ended for a while.

Morsi noted more than half of children ages six to 11 have cavities, and in the Peach State, there are large disparities and barriers to oral health care, in both rural and urban areas.

"In a state like Georgia with a large rural population, we see this prevalence of cavities that can really be more than just about a toothache in a tooth," Morsi emphasized. "It really affects children's overall health."

Moursi explained dental problems can affect the ways kids eat and sleep, and how well they do in school. He pointed out tooth pain and other dental issues are among the major reasons children are absent from school.

To help prevent cavities and tooth decay, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see a dentist before their first birthday. Moursi added the sooner they begin regular dental checkups, the healthier a child's mouth will be.

"One of the most important things we do during those dental appointments is, look for problems and try to identify them early," Moursi stressed. "If you don't take your child to the dentist regularly, that small cavity -- that beginning of a cavity that we might be able to identify early -- now grows into a much larger problem."

He advised parents to ensure children have a healthy, balanced diet, and limit sugary foods and drinks to help avoid tooth decay. And as with adults, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing twice a day will also prevent problems.


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