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Have you heard that only children are at risk of tooth decay? In reality, anyone can have tooth decay—though your children are generally more vulnerable than adults are. In fact, tooth decay is 400% more common than asthma between the ages of fourteen and seventeen. Similarly, 25% of children between one and four have some type of tooth decay while approximately 60% of individuals between twelve and nineteen do.

Did you know that tooth decay starts on the outer layer of your teeth, which is also known as enamel? Fortunately, your enamel will remineralize, or repair itself, on its own. However, toothpastes with fluoride will also strengthen your enamel. However, even though brushing with fluoride toothpaste will benefit your teeth, please wait at least thirty minutes to brush.  This will give you teeth time to remineralize. If you don’t wait, you could cause more damage to your teeth than good. However, please don’t misunderstand: brushing your teeth is essential to preventing tooth decay.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help your child stay away from tooth decay. Please remember to help your child brush for two minutes twice a day. Also, please remember that your children may struggle with brushing until they are able to tie their shoes themselves. Also, cut back on sugary foods and drinks and remember to take your child to the dentist once every six months. You should also let your child see you brushing and explain why maintaining good oral health is so important.

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