CDC study finds prevalence of youth dental caries and sealant differs by race


A new study published by the CDC looks at U.S. youth dental caries and sealants by race and Hispanic origin for 2011-2012 and finds untreated tooth decay in primary teeth among children aged two through eight was twice as high for Hispanic and non-Hispanic black children compared with non-Hispanic white children.

According to the study, among those aged six through 11, 27 percent of Hispanic children had any dental caries in permanent teeth compared with nearly 18 percent of non-Hispanic white and Asian children.

"Among adolescents, the prevalence of untreated tooth decay was significantly higher in non-Hispanic black adolescents compared with non-Hispanic white or non-Hispanic Asian adolescents," said the study.

You can read the full report here.

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