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You probably have read this statistic – 60 percent of children in the United States will have cavities by age 5. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the number of preschoolers with dental caries was on the rise after several decades of declining numbers.

Research demonstrates that children with dental problems struggle to focus on learning in school. Annually, children lose over 51 million school hours due to dental pain and illness. Medical professionals report that children in this group are more likely to have ear and sinus infections, and are at increased risk of developing other chronic medical problems, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

 

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