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February marks National Children's Dental Health Month, and we pay special attention to raising awareness and educating families on the importance of children’s oral health. To learn more, we asked dentists in our annual survey to weigh in.

According to the survey, preadolescent (preschool and elementary students) are most likely to get cavities. Why does this age-group struggle when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle? 60 percent of dentists said it’s due to a high consumption of sugar, juice and soda. 

In addition, as a recent Chicago Tribune story reported, most parents wait too long to schedule their child’s first visit to the dentist. In fact, “Illinois children had their first dental visit more than two years later than dentists recommended in 2012,” according to the story.

Unfortunately, these unhealthy habits don’t appear to be going away. Over a third of our dentists said they have seen an increase in cavities among child patients. To help break this cycle, click here for healthy tips from a past member dentist survey:

Visit the CDS Foundation’s Healthy Kids Brush Up! page to learn how you can help educate students.