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16 July 2012

Brush up on oral health

Most young kids haven't had teeth long enough to have anything go wrong with them. But certain circumstances can increase a child's risk of cavities.

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Most young kids haven't had teeth long enough to have anything go wrong with them. But certain circumstances can increase a child's risk of cavities.

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Be aware of these risk factors: if a child's mother is still in her teens, it's five times more likely that the child will have cavities by age five; if a child's father has at least one cavity each year, the chances that the child will have cavities by age five more than doubles; if the child's mother doesn't brush her own teeth regularly, it doubles the likelihood that her child will have cavities; and living in a rural area also doubles the chances of a child having bad teeth. 

 
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