The number of children between the ages of 2-years-old and 5-years-old with dental cavities is becoming more common in American population as per the CDC report on nation’s oral health. According to this report, 28% of the children between 2-years-old and 5-years-old have cavities. This percentage was just 24% almost 10 years back in the country.
This finding is based on the analysis of data from two national health studies in which the participants were interviewed and dental check up performed to assess the oral health. The first study on 26,000 U.S civilians was conducted from 1988 to 1994. The second study was conducted from 1999 to 2004 and included more than 25,000 participants. Data regarding the oral health from the two studies were compared to observe the pattern.
The report shows that the overall oral health of the Americans improved from 1988 to 2004. There was a notable decrease in the dental cavities for all age groups except the children between 2-years-old and 5-years-old. It also shows that there is a decrease in the number of seniors who are losing all their teeth. But the report does not explain the reason for the increase in dental cavities in children between 2-years-old and 5-years-old. It does mention that boys, non-Hispanic whites, and economically backward youths are particularly affected.
“This study clearly shows that when the nation is trying to make improvements in the overall dental health, it still remains a cause of concern in some of the racial and ethnic groups, who have more tooth decay than other groups," says Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH from CDC.