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Most commonly known as gum disease. Back in the day " commonly known as pyria which is short for the name of the bacteria Porphyromorias Gingivalis that causes gum disease.

Periodontitis is a chronic, slow progressing disease caused by infection of the tissues in the gingival sulcus (the area around the root of the tooth that holds the tooth in the bone). The infection causes inflammation of the fibrous ligaments that connect the root of the tooth to the bone. If left untreated the infection eventually destroys the tissue and the bone that surrounds the tooth creating a deep crevice or "pocket" around the tooth. If the infection persists long enough, the entire bone tissue and bone socket become compromised and will result in the loss of the tooth.

There are several root causes of gum disease. One of the main contributors to the condition is genetic. It is the body's ability to fight the bacteria that is already present in the mouth and develops into chronic infection. Calculus or "tarter" build up at a rapid rate which is also usually of a genetic origin that acts as an irritant to the tissues and creates a more conducive environment for the bacteria to thrive. Poor home care and smoking usually exacerbate the disease process but generally is not the root cause.

LeFevre said that while some primary care doctors are already doing that, most of them aren't. "It's not something most parents would expect from a well-child visit, and it's not something that most primary care providers are including in well-child visits," he said.

Most doctors incorrectly assume that children are seeing a dentist, LeFevre said. "The problem is that three out of four preschool-aged kids do not visit a dentist," he added.

But most children do see a primary care doctor, he noted. "So, there is a missed opportunity here for a significant number of kids who could benefit, in terms of preventing tooth decay," he said.

Tooth decay is a significant health problem for children, LeFevre noted. "Applying fluoride varnish is something that primary care clinicians can do. It's not complicated and this is a way primary care physicians can help the dentist in terms of preventing tooth decay," he said.

Fluoride varnish should be applied whether the local water supply has sufficient fluoride or not, LeFevre said. "Studies show that application of the varnish, even when the water is fluoridated, helps to prevent tooth decay," he said.

LeFevre believes parents should be asking their primary care doctor to coat their children's teeth with fluoride.

According to the task force, even very young children can develop tooth decay. Almost half of children aged 2 to 11 have cavities in their baby teeth, they noted. The task force is an independent panel of experts that researches and makes recommendations on preventive health care. Their newest recommendations, which were published online May 5 in Pediatrics, are in concert with guidelines issued by the American Dental Association (ADA) last February.

The updated ADA guidelines state that children should begin using toothpaste with fluoride as soon as they get their first tooth. Before that, parents had been told to use water to brush the teeth of children younger than 2 and to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for children aged 2 to 6.

Dr. Rosie Roldan, director of the Pediatric Dental Center at Miami Children's Hospital, said these recommendations are fine as long as they are part of overall dental care, which includes referrals to a dentist.

Parents look for guidance from their doctor, she noted, but doctors should be referring them to a dentist.

"Application of fluoride just for the sake of doing it doesn't do anybody any good. If the pediatrician understands the process of getting the child to a dentist, then applying fluoride is a good idea," Roldan said. "This can get the patient some preventive care until they can get to a dentist."

According to the task force, there is not enough evidence to say whether regular screening for tooth decay in children aged 5 and younger will improve their future health. So the task force is not able to recommend for or against such screening.

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