Oral hygiene appears to be suffering in American homes as more and more children across the country are having their teeth pulled at earlier ages. It is suspected that sugary drinks and snacks are responsible for the decay, and children as young as two years old have had to have teeth removed as a consequence. Hospitals are having a difficult time managing dental issues lately, some waiting lists have been as long as 100 people.
In 2012 alone, 34,000 children under the age of 14 had their teeth removed. These children either experienced extreme oral decay or infections from their poor dental hygiene. Many preschoolers have lost a significant number of teeth (even mouthfuls) because they are given fizzy and juice drinks that rot their teeth out of their heads. Apparently children from all demographics are suffering from unnecessary tooth decay. This doesn’t even consider the childhood obesity epidemic that is sweeping the nation. It appears that the US is fully committed to producing an entire generation of chubby kids with no teeth. Good move America.
Nina Vasan, a children’s dentist, says, ”Parents feel really guilty because it may have been a lack of their knowledge. Sometimes parents are crying and really upset because they feel they are to blame.” Factors causing these dental issues typically stem from midnight snacks and infrequent dental check-ups.
These infections and decay are completely avoidable. All parents need to do to protect their children from this unnecessary suffering is to change their habits. If you need to settle your children at night, do not give them food. In some cases children have decay so bad that all they have left are roots. A child’s self-esteem, speech and eating habits are at risk here, so preserving your child’s oral hygiene is important.