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Promote healthy dental habits sooner rather than later
Updated: 3/27/2012 5:00:29 PM

Promote healthy dental habits sooner rather than later  

The most common cause of chronic disease among children and teens between the ages of 6 and 19 is tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In order to reduce the high rate of cavities among children, it's important to teach young people about the importance of dental health as early as possible.

Recently, Reporter News, a Texas news source, spoke to pediatric dentist Norm Poorman about the importance of promoting good oral health habits in children .

"Pediatric dental health is the foundation for your teeth for the rest of your life," said Poorman, quoted by the information provider. "You have to develop good habits early on. The hygiene and patterns you develop as a child stay with you all of your life; it's important to start off on the right foot."

Poorman said that 30 percent of children he sees for their first dental visit have unhealthy teeth. The dentist stated that this is most likely due to the fact that many parents wait until their child is talking or until they are toddlers to take them to visit an oral health professional. In actuality, a baby should visit the dentist by the time they are 1, or whenever their first tooth comes in.

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