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Oral Health for Children and Adolescents : How Can You Help? IDEAS FOR PARENTS

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    Oral health is an important part of overall well-being. Tooth decay (dental caries, cavities) affects children and adolescents in the United States more than any other chronic disease. Untreated tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems, such as eating, speaking, and playing. Tooth decay can also lead to poor attention in the classroom, poor grades, and lower academic achievement. Decayed or missing teeth can cause embarrassment, low selfesteem, and social isolation. The good news is that tooth decay and other oral health problems may be preventable. The combination of dental sealants and fluoride has the potential to nearly eliminate tooth decay among school-age children and adolescents. Some schools provide dental screening and may also supply sealants, a protective plastic coating that can help prevent cavities.


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