Important Facts for Dental Disease: Untreated Decay in Children Aged 6-9
DefinitionPercentage of 6- to 9-year-old children with untreated dental caries.
NumeratorNumber of 6- to 9-year-old children who participated in the school dental health survey with untreated dental caries.
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 [https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/children_adults/child.htm (CDC)] says about 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. Gender is not a significant factor in decay however, race and percent of poverty level are significant factors. Untreated dental caries is an important indicator of adequate and timely access to dental care.
Healthy People Objective OH-2.2:Reduce the proportion of children aged 6 to 9 years with untreated dental decay in their primary and permanent teeth
U.S. Target: 25.9 percent