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Tooth decay is a dental health problem that affects children across the globe. Now, the Ontario Dental Association has urged parents to recognize that it is an infectious disease that can be prevented with proper dental care.
According to the ODA, very few parents are aware that tooth decay is infectious. The dental health group has launched a campaign to tell families that the disease can also be prevented - and even reversed when caught early.
"Everyone is at risk for tooth decay," commented ODA president Dr Larry Levin. "We have to protect all those kids who cannot protect themselves."
The ODA has released a list of pointers to parents, to help them prevent their children from suffering from this dental health disease.
It suggests that parents should wipe their babies' gums with a wet cloth before feedings and avoid putting them to bed with a juice or milk in their bottle.
When a child's first tooth appears, parents should start brushing their mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Although the ODA recommends a fluoride toothpaste for this purpose, the American Dental Association advises that children aged two and under should use a toothpaste that does not contain fluoride.
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