Speed Reads

Stats of our lives

Stats of our lives: Dentally challenged

More and more sugar-swilling preschoolers have teeth riddled with cavities — and more in our collection of surprising facts and figures

19.5%
U.S. children ages 2 to 5 with untreated cavities, thanks to poor brushing habits.

6 to 10
Cavities that dentists report seeing in the mouths of a rising number of preschoolers.

$2,000 to $5,000
Cost of putting preschoolers under full anesthesia, routinely advised for squirmy tykes who need cavities fixed

Sources: CDCThe New York Times