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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Some children may inherit from their parents "good teeth" and never develop cavities. But more importantly, what your child eats will determine the chance of developing cavities.
Risk factors that put a person at a higher risk for tooth decay include:
When you are deciding on a snack, the National Institute of Dental Research, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reminds you to think about the following:
According to the NIDR, damaging acids form in your mouth every time you eat a sugary snack. Consider an alternative, such as raw vegetables, fresh fruits or whole-grain crackers next time the urge to snack strikes.
Symptoms of tooth decay and dental carries
Each child may experience symptoms differently. Yet symptoms may include white spots on the teeth that appear first. Then, an early cavity appears that has a light brown color on the tooth. The tooth color progressively becomes darker.
Preventing tooth decay:
Preventing tooth decay and cavities involves five simple steps:
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