Tuesday, December 28, 2004

hus04trend.pdf (application/pdf Object)

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, untreated tooth decay has increased in U.S. two- to five-year-olds, from 20% in 1988-94 to 23% in 1999-2000. Since most parents don't think to bring toddlers to the dentist, this increased rate of untreated cavities probably reflects an increased rate of tooth decay in this group who is the most exposed to fluoride than any other generation before them, via ever more fluoridated water supplies , foods processed with that water, and fluoridated toothpastes, varnishes, supplements and more.