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Parents encouraged to protect kids' dental health
Updated: 12/5/2008 11:25:38 AM

Parents encouraged to protect kids Parents who are concerned about their children's dental health should make sure they promote good dental hygiene habits, such as tooth-brushing, from an early age, an expert has suggested.

Writing in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dr Robert Nohle explained that moms and dads should begin by cleaning their young ones' gums once a day even before the first tooth appears.

This will help instill good dental hygiene and set youngsters on the right path toward dental health, he said.

Additionally, parents should recognize that a child's baby teeth are just as important to their dental health as adult teeth.

If these teeth suffer problems such as tooth decay, it could result in speech problems, future tooth misalignment, pain and complications with jawbone development, Nohle stated.

"It's important that you don't treat your child's baby teeth as practice teeth. These primary teeth need to be taken care of just as well as permanent teeth," he added.

The American Dental Association recommends that parents bring their children to see a dentist before their first birthday.

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