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Sports Injuries in our Youth

Dr. Frenda Williams, DDS

A question that crosses every parent’s mind, especially if their child is involved in any organized sports is, ‘will my son or daughter get injured playing? And because my child is young and still growing, is there any way for me to lessen the severity of a potential injury. Well, common sense says that any child that engages in physical activity whether it’s an organized sport or just ‘street’ play, runs the risk of injury. Those injuries could range from minor cuts and scrapes to more serious injuries like fractures, contusions or concussions. With that being said we can now address the question; are children more susceptible to sports injuries than adults? The answer to that question is yes. But, the reasons may be a bit different than what you may think.

Early Childhood Caries

by Dr. Fatahi
Early Childhood Caries is a devastating problem in young children. Not only can it cause pain and loss of teeth, but it also affects self-esteem, speech development, nutrition, and school attendance.

Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is any tooth decay in a child under 6 years of age. While some children may only have one tooth that is decayed, and some may have multiple teeth that are decayed it is important to understand that tooth decay in childhood is not normal and can be prevented.