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Parents advised to tackle childhood dental problems early
Updated: 7/31/2008 4:00:31 PM

Parents should not wait until their child develops a dental problem to take their kids to the dentist, an expert has said.

Dr Mark Helpin, acting chair of the department of pediatric dentist at Temple University's school of dentistry told the Kansas infoZine that "so much of dental care is reactionary; parents will bring their children in only if there's a problem".

Instead of doing this, he suggested that moms and dads schedule in a dental visit for their children as part of the ritual of going back to school, in addition to taking them to the pediatrician for their annual check-ups.

The news provider notes that tooth decay is the most chronic childhood disease in the US, citing figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, Dr Helpin stated that this could easily be avoided by following a few simple rules to maintaining good oral health and visiting the dentist regularly, typically every six months.

"It's important to establish a relationship with a dentist the same way you would with a pediatrician," he said.

Parents are advised to start taking care of their child's dental health even before their first tooth appears by gently wiping their gums with a piece of soft cloth.

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