Saturday, October 03, 2009

A mouthful of problems - Nova Scotia News -

A mouthful of problems - Nova Scotia News -

"Early childhood caries are on the rise among Nova Scotian children" Nova Scotia is fluoridated.

The photo shows a three-year-­old’s teeth — or what’s left of them.

Most of his 20 teeth are ravaged by cav­ities. Many are simply reddish-brown stumps.

“Here’s the bad things that happen," Dr. Anderson said in a recent interview. “Pain, infection. We see two, three kids a week whose faces swell up and we have to drain the pus to make them better."

About 350 children, ranging from toddlers to teens, are wait­ing for surgery at the IWK alone.