ORAL HEALTH : Consequences of untreated dental disease in children

Although largely preventable by early examination, identification of individual risk factors, parental counseling and education, and initiation of preventive care procedures such as topical fluoride application.

The progressive nature of dental disease can quickly diminish the general health and quality of life for affected infants, toddlers, and children.

Failure to identify and prevent dental disease has consequential and costly long-term adverse effects.

Tooth decay in children is painful, just as it is in adults.

Unless arrested in its early stages, dental decay becomes irreversible. Without appropriate treatment, tooth decay will lead to infection of the teeth, gums and tooth loss.

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Untreated dental disease compromises the child’s ability to eat well, sleep well, and function well at home and at school.

The unaesthetic nature of untreated dental decay compromises the child’s self-esteem and social development.

Despite significant achievements in public health programs such as community water fluoridation and other preventive measures such as dental sealants, too many children still suffer from dental disease and are without basic dental care.

The Surgeon General in 2000 issued a Call to Action urging that oral health promotion, oral disease prevention, and oral health care have a presence in all health policy agendas at the local, state, and national levels. Inherent in this goal is the critical concept of integrating oral health in general health agendas, priorities and funding

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