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Pediatricians and dentists join forces for kids' dental health
Updated: 12/8/2008 8:00:26 PM

Pediatricians and dentists join forces for kids Both doctors and dentists understand the importance that dental health plays in a child's life - and some of these health professionals have been teaming up to fight tooth decay together.

In Ohio, the state's department of health decided to train physicians to take a stronger role in kids' dental care, the Dayton Daily News reports.

The decision was prompted by a number of factors, including the rising rate of tooth decay, fewer families who were able to afford to visit a dentist, and problems with certain dental insurance not being accepted by dental professionals.

According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentists, it is important for parents to bring their kids to see a dentist by their first birthday.

Dentists told the news provider that parents should be aware that they should not put their children to bed with a bottle or sippy cup filled with anything but water.

They also said that children should be encouraged to limit their exposure to sugary and starchy snacks to protect their dental health.

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