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Signs your child is in need of better oral care
Updated: 2/3/2012 4:59:55 PM

Signs your child is in need of better oral care  

One of the greatest challenges when it comes to caring for children's teeth is that a very young child may not be able to tell their parent that they are in pain. In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, here are some signs that a child may be having some problems with their oral health.

First, sucking on the cheeks or lips is potentially a a sign that a child is experiencing pain in their mouth. Next, a reluctance to smile could mean that the muscles or gums are sore.

If a parent notices that their child is having difficulty chewing their food, than it could be because of a sore tooth. Also, changes in performance at school, such as difficulty concentrating, listening and learning.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 5 and half of children between 12 and 15 experience tooth decay.

The best way to ensure a child's dental health is to make sure they visit the dentist regularly. Remember, a baby should have their first visit to the oral healthcare provider when their first tooth comes in, or before their first birthday. 

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