Fewer young people in the U.S. reportedly have dental caries, but minority children continue to have higher rates when compared to their peers, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s April short report.
Hispanic youth had the highest report of total and untreated caries (52%) compared with black (44%), Asian (43%) and white youth (39%.)
The CDC also noted how income level affects the prevalence of caries. As family income increased, the prevalence of total dental caries decreased, from 52% for youth from families living below federal poverty to 34% for kids from families with income levels above 300% of the federal poverty guideline.
Skimping on dental care seems like a good way to save money. But in the long run, protecting and caring for teeth will save more over a lifetime. For those who don’t have insurance, our office offers in-house dental plans that provides savings in discounts for routine cleanings and checkups. Call us at (541) 200-7140 for more information.
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