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Promoting A Healthy Smile For Kids

How healthy are your kid's teeth? Dental experts say nearly half of U.S. children suffer from untreated cavities. One local group of dentists is trying to change that. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta spent the morning with Dr. Xochitl Anderton learning how to prevent cavities in children.

Dr. Anderton says cavities in kids are easily preventable by doing following:

  • Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste after each time you eat or at least twice a day.
  • Parents should closely observe children brushing their teeth.
  • Bedtime is an important time to brush.
  • Brush up and down in a circular motion.
  • Gently brush gums to keep them healthy.
  • Floss teeth once a day to remove plaque and food that's stuck between teeth.
  • Limit sweets and sugary drinks especially soda. One soda per week is a reasonable limit.
  • Take your child to the dentist twice a year for regular checkups.

As part of Dental Health Month, dentists through out the community will conduct free dental screenings. You can go to the Science Spectrum on Saturday between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where dentists will be on hand providing dental education for kids and parent. Giveaways and door prizes will be also be awarded.

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