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It's important for parents to understand that tooth decay is not a normal part of a child's life. Cavities are largely preventable, even in young children, and parents should be just as concerned about their child's baby teeth as their permanent teeth. Recently, the Australian Dental Association conducted a survey which found that 60 percent of parents said they accept that their child will experience tooth decay during their childhood.
This is concerning, considering that childhood tooth decay can have serious consequences. According to the American Dental Association, baby teeth help kids learn to chew, speak and even smile correctly. This is why the ADA recommends that people bring their child for their first dental visit before the age of 1, or as soon as their first tooth comes in.
Angela Pierce, D.D.S., from the Australian Dental Association, warned that parents shouldn't think of childhood tooth decay as inevitable. Instead, parents should be teaching their children healthy dental care habits from a very young age, so they can have strong, white teeth into adulthood.
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