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Dentists Offer Tips to Keep Young Children Cavity-Free
Snacking 24/7 can lead to serious decay
-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, Feb. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Good dental habits begin at an early age, but many parents fall short when it comes to the health of their children's teeth, experts say.
"Parents who would not dream of letting their toddler bathe alone give the same child total responsibility for brushing," Dr. Gretchen Henson, a dentist at Interfaith Medical Center in New York City said in a center news release.
"Misinformation abounds, and it has become common for children to spend the entire day snacking and drinking beverages that can lead to serious tooth decay," added Henson, the hospital's program director of advanced education in pediatric dentistry.
Prevention of tooth decay and other problems can begin in children as young as 6 months, Henson said.
Dr. Jessica Marn, assistant program director, pointed out that "many people are surprised that we encourage infant well visits before a child even has teeth, but these visits are 90 percent about education and diet."
Marn and Henson offered the following advice to parents:
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about child dental health.
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