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Native American Children Have More Tooth Decay

Their rate of untreated cavities was three times higher than other kids, study finds.

MONDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) — Native American children in the United States and Canada have three times the rate of untreated cavities compared to other kids, according to a new policy statement on early childhood caries from the American Academy of Pediatrics that recommends doctors pay more attention to the oral health of those patients.

A survey of 2,633 children aged 2 to 5 born to indigenous populations in the United States, Alaska and Canada found that 68 percent had untreated cavities. In some Canadian indigenous communities, more than 90 percent of children have tooth decay (dental caries).

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