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Simple methods of maintaining children's oral health
Updated: 9/8/2011 5:00:31 PM

Simple methods of maintaining children Although the importance of regular dental health care might seem obvious for some, it is not as innately understood by others. Parents with young children should instruct their kids on the best practices for living a healthy lifestyle, as any lack of knowledge in this matter can be a serious problem, according to Fox Atlanta.

The news source reports that one of the most important practices for maintaining a youngster's dental hygiene is limiting his or her intake of sugar-heavy snacks and juices. Despite being tasty to many kids, these produce acids in the mouth due to their sugars, which interact with naturally occurring bacteria in the oral cavity. Those acids gradually damage enamel on the teeth, causing decay and cavities.

Regular brushing is also important, and this practice should be taught to children at an early age. However, parents will probably need to assist kids in brushing their teeth until the age of about eight or nine, since their small hands lack the proper manual dexterity to go about the process properly.

The American Dental Association states that although cavities are most prevalent in younger children, they can be a serious problem for adults as well.

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