Important Facts for Dental Caries Experience: Children Aged 6-9
DefinitionPercentage of 6- to 9-year-old children who have dental caries experience (treated or untreated).
NumeratorNumber of 6 to 9-year-old children who participated in the school dental health survey who had dental caries experience (treated or untreated).
DenominatorNumber of 6 to 9-year-old children who participated in the school dental health survey.
Why Is This Important?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/disease/dental_caries.html (CDC)] says that dental caries (tooth decay) is '''''largely preventable''''', but it remains the '''''most common chronic disease of children''''' aged 6 to 11 years (25%), and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years (59%). '''''Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma''''' among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years (15%). It is also one of the most preventable diseases. Oral health affects a person's overall general health.
Healthy People Objective OH-1.2:Reduce the proportion of children aged 6 to 9 years with dental caries experience in their primary and permanent teeth
U.S. Target: 49.0 percent