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The Truth About Tooth Decay

February 6, 2013



  • Dental disease is five times more common than asthma.
  • Children with severe tooth decay are often in pain, unable to concentrate, and missing school.
  • By third grade, 70% of California’s children have had tooth decay—28% have untreated decay.
  • Poor children and children of color are much more likely to have untreated tooth decay.
  • 72% of Latino children surveyed have had tooth decay—nearly twice the rate for non-Latino children.


Source: Center for Oral Health, formerly the Dental Health Foundation.