A Reason to Smile, Dental Caries Prevalence Drops In US Children, CDC Report Shows

Dr Bicuspid (9/17, Edwards) states a new report from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) shows the “prevalence of caries and untreated decay in U.S. children ages 2 to 5” decreased from 27.9 percent in 1999 to 2004 to 23.3 percent in 2011 to 2016. The article reports that “caries prevalence and untreated decay in U.S. children ages 6 to 11 also declined,” noting “overall caries prevalence dropped 3.8% to 17.4% in 2011 to 2016, while untreated decay dropped 2.4% to 5.2%” In addition, the authors of the Oral Health Surveillance Report 2019 wrote, “These improvements include decreases in the prevalence of untreated decay in the primary teeth of children across sociodemographic groups and in the permanent teeth of near-poor and Mexican American children and adolescents and non-Hispanic black adolescents.”

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