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Stepping up dental care after holiday
Updated: 4/15/2009 11:00:22 AM

Stepping up dental care after holiday For some families, Easter is a holiday traditionally filled with bags of chocolate candy and sugary treats, which can unfortunately be detrimental toward one's dental health.

In an effort to maintain optimal health, and to avoid additional dental checkups with one's dentist, dental officials are reminding adults and children to step up their dental care routines.

Younger children may be especially in need of a little extra dental care. According to the American Dental Association, childhood tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease and, if left untreated, and lead to serious health problems in the future.

To prevent this, it is recommended children brush and floss after eating sugary candy or treats. Also, incorporating fluoride on a regular basis can combat the development of cavities.

However, this doesn't mean children will have to avoid the candy that comes with holidays such as Easter. Dr. Larry Levin, president of the Ontario Dental Association, said if eaten in moderation, a family can have all the sweets they want.

"Easter doesn't have to be a leap from your oral health-care routine," Levin said. "Eat chocolate or candy in moderation, preferably after a meal, and then just make sure you brush and floss shortly
thereafter."

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