The Most Common Infectious Disease In American Children? Tooth Decay, Says The CDC
March 23, 2006
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) says Early Childhood Caries (sometimes called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay) represent the most prevalent infectious disease in American children, occurring five times more frequently than the next most common chronic disease -- asthma. More than 40 percent of children have tooth decay by age five. It's the primary cause of tooth loss in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
To fight this disease, physicians and dentists recommend cleaning babies' and toddlers' teeth and gums after every feeding or meal. The easiest and most effective way is to use new Spiffies™ Baby Tooth Wipess -- individually packaged, disposable tooth and gum cleaners for infants and toddlers, four months to three years old. Spiffies contain xylitol, a safe, natural ingredient proven to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Just wrap a Spiffies towelette around a finger and rub it over the child's teeth and gums. Children (and adults!) love the natural flavors -- Baby Grape, Baby Apple and Mmmango.
Spiffies inventor Dr. Ray Wagner, a Tucson, Arizona board-certified pediatrician, has seen lots of early childhood tooth decay caused by sugary fruit juices and infants sucking on bottles when they're put to bed. "Using Spiffies Baby Tooth Wipes helps establish a regular oral hygiene routine, starting kids