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Parents urged to mind kids' dental health
Updated: 9/26/2008 8:00:29 PM

Parents urged to mind kids High dental insurance costs may be one reason that parents put off bringing their children to the dentist, but health experts suggest this is a mistake.

Dentist Bryan Satterfield recently told WSPA's Medical Watch that he often sees kids whose tooth decay has progressed significantly due to a deficiency in dental care.

He explained that people need to be aware that dental health and overall wellbeing are closely connected.

Satterfield said that when parents wait until adolescence before bringing their children to the dentist, problems may have already reached a serious level.

"Some teenagers or children have to lose a lot of teeth and have to get root canals in teeth at age 15 and 16," he remarked.

In addition to regular dental visits, Satterfield suggested that children should steer clear of sugary beverages and brush twice per day.

The American Dental Association recommends that children should be brought to a dentist before their first birthday if possible.

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