Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children

6:51 PM, Jul 23, 2012 |

The Michigan Dental Association looks forward to working with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease to improve the overall health of Michigan’s citizens (LSJ, July 15). An often over-looked chronic disease is tooth decay, in fact the most common chronic disease in children. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research nearly half of children ages 2-11 years old have had cavities in their baby teeth, and nine out of 10 adults have had cavities in their permanent teeth.

Oral health is a vital part of overall health as the growing body of scientific evidence shows the critical link between oral health and systemic health. Let’s work together to make the people of Michigan healthy and more productive.

Drew Eason, CEO/Executive Director

Michigan Dental Association

Okemos