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Tooth decay does more than reduce dental health
Updated: 1/23/2009 5:00:23 PM

Tooth decay does more than reduce dental health A new report from the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) aims to renew the public's desire to work together to prevent tooth decay in children.

The ODA's Tooth Decay in Ontario's Children: An Ounce of Prevention - A Pound of Cure was a result of a conference held in Toronto last year. At the conference, international experts and dental care providers gathered to discuss the best ways to prevent tooth decay in children.

However, the conference also revealed some effects of tooth decay some people may not be aware of. For example, the condition is the second most common cause of school absenteeism and is five times more common than asthma in children between the ages of 5 and 17.

Also, tooth decay is infectious and can be transfered from one child to another by sharing a spoon or a pacifier.

To combat the condition, health professionals have urged parents administer dental care when their baby's first tooth appears in their mouth. Also, children should have their first dentist appointment by their first birthday.

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