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Monitor your kids' dental care this Halloween
Updated: 10/4/2013 5:30:03 PM

Monitor dental care for kids as Halloween and its sugary treats approach

The biggest candy day of the year is approaching and dental care experts are asking parents to pay special attention to their children's tooth brushing after they eat their Halloween goodies.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advised parents to make sure children are regularly brushing twice a day. This will get them in the habit of clearing away sugary residue once their candy consumption rises. Monitoring them daily to see that they're brushing all areas of their teeth - preferably for about two minutes - will send the message that this is an important and healthy habit.

The AAPD recommended that parents or guardians watch children while they brush to make sure they're doing it properly until they are at least 8 years old.

It's also a good time for parents to check their families' schedule of dental check-ups to make sure they're up-to-date in their oral exams and cleanings. For many families, it's difficult to meet the high cost of dentist visits because they have no dental insurance and can't afford to make out-of-pocket payments. In addition, many people who have health plans do not have dental insurance included.

An affordable alternative is to purchase a discount dental plan that provides many dentistry services at reduced costs.

Dental health campaign
Staying on top of dental health for children is particularly important because it can set a pattern that they will follow for the rest of their lives. That's{That is} the aim of an annual campaign by AAPD in conjunction with USA Today.

For the fifth year, the AAPD recently published its Oral Health Report in the newspaper to educate the public on the importanceof teeth and gums care. In addition to the print supplement, the campaign has a strong online presence through blogs and social media outlets.

The campaign addresses issues ranging from dental care for very young children as early as age 1 to providing mouth? guards for children involved in sports and other activities. It also points out the importance of teaching kids to floss in order to remove food particles so bacteria and plaque do not build up on teeth.

For parents and children alike, maintaining a healthy diet can also influence their oral health. The AAPD campaign recommended that - Halloween aside - that snacks like fruit, low-fat cheese and yogurt or raw vegetables are better for teeth because they are rich in calcium and other nutrients.

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