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, and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. '''''Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma''''' among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years. 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