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Children’s Tooth Decay in Mill Creek By Dr. Brian Rutherford

Did you know that the most pervasive threat to children’s health these days is tooth decay? It’s true. In a new survey released by the Ad Council, it’s reported that only 44 percent of American kids brush their teeth two or more times per day.

That leaves the majority of kids at high risk for costly and painful dental problems. The reality is that more than 16 million kids are suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S.

It’s not something to be taken lightly. Tooth decay can lead to complications including tooth loss, severe pain, chewing problems and tooth abscesses. Bacteria from gum disease can also enter the bloodstream, sometimes causing infections in other parts of the body, such as the heart.

The truth is, preventing this common chronic childhood disease takes less than 5 minutes a day spent brushing and flossing. Complement good home dental hygiene with a professional cleaning and checkup every 6 months, and your kids have a great chance of keeping their smiles for their lifetimes.

Keep your kids healthy and smiling. Make sure they brush and floss at least 2 times a day and make sure they get their regular dental care. To schedule your child’s checkup and cleaning, just call my Mill Creek dental practice today.

 

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