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Children's dental health 'should be taken seriously'
Updated: 12/5/2008 11:25:38 AM
 

Children The rise in dental health problems such as tooth decay could be slowed down if parents and educators joined forces to let children know the risks of poor dental hygiene, an expert has claimed.

Australian dentist and oral health educator Dr Garth Pettit says that the need for more comprehensive dental care teaching - which takes into account the effect of dental hygiene on the entire body - is urgent.

He cites tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and stained teeth as some of the dental health conditions that can be potentially be prevented with proper education

In response to these issues, Pettit has created a dental care instruction program known as Treat Your Whole Mouth.

He points out that a number of studies have found links between gum disease and heart problems. Pettit also singles out the current global economic slowdown as a factor that has led to more people ignoring their own dental care needs.

The American Dental Association recommends that children should see a dentist approximately every six months to help promote dental health.

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