Study Says Pediatric Tooth Decay Major Problem


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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 6, 2006

Doctor David Perry is a pediatric dentist from Alameda.

"Let’s take a look inside, open up real big…"

He’s also chairman of the Dental Health Foundation which examined more than 21,000 young school children last year. They found more than half of the kindergartners and more than 7 out of 10 third graders had experienced tooth decay. 

"We were really appalled. They really surprised us at how severe the problem is and how large the problem is in our school children."

Kris Perry, executive director of Fist 5 California, the state agency that administers early childhood development services, says it’s a silent epidemic.

"Even though kids might have insurance or they might be in schools where they screen, lots of parents still aren’t making these connections."

First 5 California is investing $10 million in cigarette tax money to improve oral health programs including better parent education.