Did you know that early childhood caries (tooth decay or a cavity) is the number one chronic disease affecting young children? In fact, early childhood caries is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
However, by instilling good dental hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing early on, parents can help put children on the path to a healthy smile. We asked our oral health division chief, Erik M. Scheifele, DMD, to weigh in on the benefits of brushing and flossing as well as general guidelines on how parents can help children practice basic dental care.
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