Research shows that children’s tooth decay is on the rise, but there are numerous preventative measures to ensure oral health, and subsequently, general health. The standard advice for a healthy smile still holds true, including brushing after meals, flossing once a day, dental cleanings twice a year, and not consuming too much candy. However, somehowRead More



on November 15, 2013

Tooth Decay is the Single Most Common Chronic Childhood Disease

Research shows that children’s tooth decay is on the rise, but there are numerous preventative measures to ensure oral health, and subsequently, general health.

The standard advice for a healthy smile still holds true, including brushing after meals, flossing once a day, dental cleanings twice a year, and not consuming too much candy. However, somehow this information is not getting passed along to young children. According to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention report, tooth decay in primary (baby) teeth has increased among children aged 2 to 5 years across all income levels. This finding makes tooth decay the most pervasive chronic disease among children, five times more prevalent than asthma.

Water fluoridation, the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply, has helped largely to prevent cavities. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control listed water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. However, the reason for the increase of cavities is linked to sugary and acidic drinks and foods, including energy drinks and soft drinks.

Early Childhood Tooth Decay is tooth decay that occurs in the primary teeth of young children. It arises when the child’s teeth are frequently exposed to sugary liquids for long periods of time. Such liquids include fruit juice, soda and other sweetened liquids, milk, breast milk and formula.

Eating patterns and food choices are important factors among children that affect how quickly tooth decay may develop. The reason is a sticky film of bacteria, called “plaque,” that constantly forms on teeth and gums. Every time bacteria comes in contact with sugar and starch in the mouth, acid is produced, which attacks teeth for 20 minutes or longer. After many attacks, tooth decay can develop. Additionally, prolonged exposure to acids can do permanent damage to teeth by producing a condition called “erosion,” or the loss of hard tissues for the tooth surface.

Tooth decay can begin as soon as a baby’s teeth come in, usually by age six months or so. Decay in baby teeth can cause pain, and if left untreated, can destroy the teeth of an infant or young child, leaving permanent teeth to grow improperly. Tooth decay can also have an effect on a child’s general health as he/she may have difficulty eating, resulting in poor nutrition.

Babies and young children rely on parents and caregivers for good health. Take an active role in caring for your child’s teeth by cleaning them at home, providing a balanced and health diet, and scheduling regular dental visits.

It’s helpful for the first dental visit to occur within six months after the first tooth appears, and no later than the first birthday. During this visit, the dentist can check for decay and other conditions and show you how to properly clean your child’s teeth. It’s important that parents and caregivers start oral care early at home by teaching and practicing health habits that children will continue into adulthood.



Dr. Craig Spodak is a third generation dentist who joined his father’s practice in Delray Beach, Fla. after graduating from Tufts University in 1998. His dream was to change the way patients experience dental care and he developed a new vision for the modern dental practice with a goal to deliver comprehensive dental care in a singular, all inclusive practice. He created one of the world’s only LEED Gold Certified dental facilities, which boasts not only a team of the finest dental and medical professionals from all disciples of the field, but also a holistic environment that comforts patients. Dr. Craig is an expert lecturer for Invisalign and Spodak Dental Group is one of the few Top 1 Percent providers of Invisalign in the world.

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Based on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s mandate on March 18th 2020, all dental offices in this state are only permitted to see patients who are experiencing a true dental emergency until May 8th 2020. These “emergencies” are defined as someone experiencing pain or swelling. The spirit of this mandate is to not further spread the virus by doing elective dental treatment and also to not burden our healthcare system by not having dental needs have to be seen in our hospital system.   If you are someone that fits into this category and are not currently sick, we are able to see you. Please reach out to us immediately and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

In addition, we can also provide virtual appointments to track Invisalign progress and keep your Invisalign treatment moving forward. We may also be able to mail out new aligners if needed.

As always, our main priority is the health and safety of our patients and our team members, and we are doing everything we can to help stop the spread of the coronavirus while remaining dedicated to our patients’ dental health.

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