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You have the power to prevent cavities.

Cavities are the most common childhood disease in the U.S.; however, they are nearly 100% preventable. Tooth decay can start with a child’s first tooth and cause painful and expensive problems throughout childhood and into adulthood. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause school absences and negatively impact a child’s development and self-esteem.

Children are not born with diseased teeth. They acquire the disease – in part from food and drinks, but also from bacteria passed from the mouth of a caregiver. As a parent, you have the power to prevent dental disease in your children. Learn more about simple steps to keep your child’s mouth cavity free.

Are you pregnant?

Dental health is especially important during pregnancy. Left untreated, severe gum disease may be associated with preterm birth and low birth weight. Snacking, nausea, and hormonal changes, are a natural part of pregnancy, but can make you particularly vulnerable to dental disease. Learn more about simple steps to keep your mouth healthy during pregnancy.

First birthday: First dental visit.

The first year of a child’s life is critical to their overall development and a lifetime of good dental health. Regular dental visits are an important part of preventing cavities, so start protecting your child’s smile before they have one. The first trip to the dentist should take place by their first birthday. Find a dentist and make an appointment today!

A healthy smile should last a lifetime.

Not only can dental disease be extremely painful, but treatment can be very costly for parents. Taking good care of your child’s teeth through simple, preventative activities can help to avoid significant problems down the road.


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