Friday, March 20, is World Oral Health Day. According to the World Dental Federation (FDI), “globally, oral disease affects most adults and as many as 90% of schoolchildren. Oral diseases are a significant burden on overall health, with the greatest burden falling on disadvantaged and poor populations. The principal problems are: dental caries, periodontal diseases and oral cancer.”
Help your kids establish good oral health habits early:
Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, and healthy snacks.
Limit candy and sweets to special occasions and brush after eating them.
Water is the best drink! Milk also helps growing children build strong bones and teeth.
Avoid or limit soda, sugary “fruit” drinks, sports drinks, and other sweetened beverages.
Visit the dentist at least twice a year for a check-up, cleaning, and preventive care.
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