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Dental health of children ‘is improving’

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

The oral health of children in the UK is improving, according to the British Dental Health Federation.

But Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the body, admitted it is possible those youngsters from a poorer background may have worse dental health.

The federation is also aware standards of oral health can be passed down through the generations, so this is another explanation for kids with problems with their teeth and gums.

“By reducing how often your child has sugary foods and drinks and … encouraging them to brush for two minutes twice a day, it should be possible to further reduce decay levels,” Dr Carter said, adding it is also important to go to the dentist on a regular basis.

Dr Carter recently informed parents of the importance of teaching their kids about oral health from a young age, as this is when many habits are formed that can be very hard to break out of later in their lives.

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