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San Diego dentist teaches kids about dental health
Updated: 4/3/2012 7:00:23 PM

San Diego dentist teaches kids about dental health  

It's good to teach children about dental health practices at a young age so good habits are cemented early on. Recently, dentist Paul Taylor visited the San Diego Boys and Girls Club to educate the children there on oral hygiene practices. This is important, considering that almost 50 percent of children are diagnosed with some form of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease,  according to the Children’s Hospital of Boston.

Taylor had the children stand side by side and pretend to be teeth, and put green garlands between them to represent bacteria, so the kids could understand the importance of brushing and flossing between teeth to get rid of leftover bacteria and food particles.

"It is important to start taking care of your teeth and gums at a young age because it will help prevent dental issues such as cavities and gum disease, as well as anxiety and fear of the dentist. This is why we want to reach out to the children in the community," said Taylor.

The dentist also gave the kids kits containing dental floss and toothbrushes, so they could use their newfound knowledge to improve their oral health.

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