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Video: Most Parents and Caregivers Unaware Their Best Intentions May Be Fostering Tooth Decay in Children
Date:1/28/2009

only your child's ability to speak and maintain a healthy self-image, but they can contribute to systemic health issues later in life, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. This is why we are reminding parents and caregivers about simple things they can do to protect their child's teeth."

Proper oral care is important in ensuring children enjoy overall good health, so this February during National Children's Dental Health Month, the AAPD encourages all caregivers to support proper oral care at home and to make sure all children see a pediatric dentist by their first birthday.

For more information about how to keep children's teeth healthy or to locate a pediatric dentist in your area, visit www.aapd.org.

The AAPD reminds parents what they may not know could harm their children's teeth. Here are some facts that can help protect against tooth decay:

  • Cooked starches, such as pretzels and pasta, can lead to cavities just like sugar. More saliva, which washes away starches and sugars, is produced when eating a meal, so both are safer for teeth if eaten with a meal instead of as a snack.
  • Caregivers can pass germs that cause cavities from utensils, cups and other objects, so they should be washed thoroughly before sharing with children.
  • Do not put your young child to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, or juice, and in between meals, only serve older children water. When kids sip for extended periods on sugared beverages, they're exposed to a higher risk of decay.
  • Don't be afraid of chocolate milk. It provides protein, calcium and vitamins like white milk and washes off teeth the same. And since children like it, they often drink more.
  • Since most bottled water does not contain fluoride, look for a brand with added fluoride since water with fluoride is the number o
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