Pediatric Tooth Decay Facts from NCOHF of Canada



The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation of Canada™ (NCOHF), also known as Canada’s ToothFairy, has very important information facts about tooth decay among young children. The NCHOF aims to eliminate preventable pediatric dental diseases in North America through community-based preventive, educational and treatment services. 

The Facts on Pediatric Dental Diseases or Childhood Tooth Decay

Pediatric dental disease is the #1 chronic childhood illness.  Its incidence is 5 times more than asthma and 7 times more than hay fever.  Dental diseases inhibit a child’s their cognitive and social development as well as compromise their physical growth, learning ability and self esteem.

If left untreated, tooth decay can cause malnourishment, pain, infection, bacterial infections and even death as dental diseases have been linked to stoke, heart disease and other adult health problems

In Canada, 57 % and 59% of children aged 6-11 years and adolescents respectively have missing, decayed or filled teeth.  Dental diseases also cause students to miss 2.26 million school days each year while adults miss 4.15 million work days.

A Worldwide Problem

Dental decay is also the most prevalent childhood disease worldwide. Even in majority of industrialized countries, it affects 60-90% of school children.  In industrialized countries, dental disease treatment ranks fourth in terms of treatment cost.

Tooth Decay Prevention

In spite of the dismal statistics on pediatric dental health, the good news is that dental disease is preventable as long as proper dental health is maintained.  Dental disease prevention is the goal of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (, which a joint effort of dental clinicians, academicians, concerned individuals and corporate leaders.