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Dr. Jerome Blum: Americans shouldn't brush off proper dental care

from The Patriot-News

What is the most common chronic childhood illness is in America today? Most people answer asthma. Wrong. It's tooth decay, an illness that is five times more common than asthma. Today, more than a fourth of all children from ages 2 to 5 and half of those ages 12 to 15 are affected by tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a dentist, you would expect me to advocate for dental health, but this is a cause that goes beyond dentists' offices. More and more scientific evidence is emerging that confirms how vital dental health is to overall childhood wellness. more

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