Dental health tips offered

By Capt (Dr.) Mike Hoge: 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron

February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Cannon Dental Clinic would like to help you to ensure excellent oral health for your children.

Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease? According to the National Institute of Health, cavities are five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. Over half of children between the ages of 5 and 9 have cavities or fillings and by age 17, that increases to four out of every five.

So, you didn’t think of cavities as a disease? The truth is, cavities are the result of an infection of the mouth by acid-producing bacteria that dissolve teeth. Left untreated, they can cause severe pain and problems in eating, speaking, and learning. It is estimated that 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness.

Here are some simple recommendations to help protect your children from dental related illness: