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Growing Dental Decay in Preschoolers – Stop the Cycle at Home!

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Photo: Stuart Isett for The New York Times

 

According to a recent New York Times article, dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more.

Catherine Saint Louis reports that one such preschooler is 2 ½-year-old Devon Koester, who recently received general anesthesia at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry in Seattle so that a pediatric dentist could treat his 11 cavities with fillings or extractions.

Devon’s extensive procedure may seem like an exception, but unfortunately, he is far from the only one. According to the many dentists and specialists interviewed by Saint Louis, dental decay among preschoolers is widespread, growing more so, and often so far evolved that administering general anesthesia seems hardly avoidable. (more…)

March 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm 2 comments


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