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The Number One Threat To Children’s Health, and It Takes Minutes To Prevent

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Kids are bombarded by many things nowadays. They spend hours playing video games, watching TV, playing sports, texting, and on the computer. Only a couple of minutes each day can help prevent a lifetime of problems.

Brushing your teeth. Yep, that easy. According to Healthline “Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease with more than 16 million kids suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S.,” Dental Trade Alliance Foundation CEO Gary Price said in a press release. He further added that kids miss more than 50 million hours of school (and parents lose 25 million hours of work) each week.

Decay can lead to complications including tooth loss, severe pain, chewing problems and tooth abscesses. Bacteria from gum disease can also enter the bloodstream, sometimes causing infections in other parts of the body, such as the heart. In rare cases, untreated cavities can actually be fatal in kids. Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died in 2007 from an infection that began with an abscessed tooth, but then spread to his brain.

So, even though it’s a pain, just a couple of minutes in the morning, evening and if you can convince them, the afternoon, can prevent so many problems.

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