Fewer Dental Cavities Found In Young People, But Minorities Still Most At Risk

Dr. Roseann Mulligan, Director of the Geriatric Dentistry Online Program, recently contributed to a CNN article titled: Fewer Dental Cavities Found In Young People, But Minorities Still Most At Risk. The article looks at how the overall percentage of young people with dental caries has dropped, but also how “young members of minority communities continue to have the highest number of cavities as well as the highest number of untreated cavities.” Dr. Mulligan says “the most important aspect of how caries (cavities) impacts you is that it impacts your academic performance.” There are various reasons why minority youth have the highest levels of total and untreated cavities including socioeconomic status, education level, and access to health care. Dr. Mulligan believes a “multipronged effort” is needed “if we are ever going to crack this problem.”

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