Dr. Lekshmi Mahesh

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Oral Health of Children

Dental caries has been described as the most prevalent childhood disease in the United States. Because caries is increasingly conceptualized as a preventable infectious disease, its prevalence serves as a good indicator of the success or failure of both preventive oral health initiatives and the dental health care system for children.

Recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey have shown that 41% of US children aged 2 to 11 years have dental caries in their primary teeth (unchanged from a decade earlier), whereas 42% of children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years have caries in their permanent teeth. Persistent disparities across all age groups were also noted by race/ethnicity, parents' education, and household income. Income is strongly inversely correlated with increasing dental caries, but there is evidence that racial/ethnic disparities persist even in higher income groups. As children's demographics shift in the United States and the numbers of Latino and poor children continue to grow, the prevalence of dental caries in the early childhood population may be set to rise. The long-term effects of poor oral health are significant, affecting overall health, well-being, and self-esteem as well as the ability to progress in school.
The inadequate number of pediatric dentists and general dentists willing to care for children is exacerbated by a low provider participation rate in the Medicaid program. The result is a dearth of providers available to care for the high number of children with immediate dental needs, especially in low-income communities. Even more challenging is the need to meet professional recommendations for an early first exam and periodicity recommendations for children at high risk for oral disease. High rates of being uninsured, even among children who are eligible for public programs, exacerbate the problem. Pediatricians can play a population based preventive role in addressing early childhood caries by examining children's teeth for signs of dental caries in the pediatric office and by partnering with childcare sites and schools to increase participation in classroom wide dental screenings.