Providing oral health education to families is essential to teaching children healthy habits and preventing early childhood tooth decay.
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Certain foods such as sweets and soda are easily linked to tooth decay, however all foods can promote tooth decay if eaten in excess. The key is to teach kids to eat in moderation and make sure that they take proper care of their teeth.
"While healthy alternatives to candy, such as fruit and nuts, are great, these foods are sticky and can get caught in the pits and grooves of teeth, causing decay," says Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Julie Barna, DMD, MAGD. "Reading nutrition labels and being sensible about the foods you and your children eat on a daily basis helps promote good oral and overall health."
Children should also brush three times a day for two minutes and rinse with a fluoridated mouthrinse.
Reviewed: January 2012
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