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Important to keep up dental care for children
Updated: 3/3/2009 4:59:55 PM

Important to keep up dental care for children Though National Children's Dental Health Month is over, a California news provider is telling parents to continue urging their children to keep up whatever dental care lessons they learned last month.

Approximately 651,534 children in Southern California are at risk for poor dental heath because they do not have access to dental insurance or are not able to get a regular dental checkup, reports.

Last month the American Dental Association rolled out its national program where clinics all over the country administered free dental care to children. Along with that, the LA-based children's advocacy organization First 5 LA took the opportunity to raise awareness of the dental health needs of certain children.

"We now know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease and is reported to be the most frequent reason children miss school," said Evelyn V. Martinez, executive director of First 5 LA. "Although there have been improvements within the last generation, poor children suffer twice as much as more affluent youngsters."

Children can keep up their dental health by brushing their teeth twice a day and rinsing with fluoride.

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