Did you know that pediatric dental disease, also referred to as childhood tooth decay, is the No. 1 chronic childhood illness? When left untreated, childhood tooth decay can have serious consequences that extend beyond the dental chair. Rampant decay can negatively impact children's overall quality of life, inhibit their cognitive and social development and compromise their growth, function and self-esteem.
- Left untreated, pediatric dental disease can lead to malnourishment, bacterial infections and required emergency surgery.
- Pain and infection caused by tooth decay can lead to problems in eating, speaking and learning.
- Dental disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia, poor pregnancy outcomes and dementia.
Get facts about tooth decay from the National Children's Oral Health Foundation