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Despite being one of the most preventable of all diseases, tooth decay continues to rank as the most widespread public health issue for children. The problems affecting children’s dental health are severe all across the United States and around the world. Dental care is the single greatest unmet need for healthcare services among children. Children from economically challenged families are at even greater risk and face disproportionately high barriers to getting care.

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The Facts:

  • Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, affecting nearly 60% of all children.
  • Over 40% of children will be affected by tooth decay before age 5.
  • More than half of all children have cavities by the time that they reach second grade.
  • 90% of all foods contain sugars or starches that enable bacteria in dental plaque to produce acids.
  • Within 20 minutes after eating, acids attack tooth enamel leading to mineral loss and cavities.
  • Early tooth loss caused by dental decay can result in a child’s impaired speech development, reduced self esteem, absence from school, and the inability to concentrate on schoolwork.
  • Good habits along with regular dental visits are more inexpensive and efficient than waiting for severe problems to emerge.

Have a plan to fight tooth decay and promote good brushing habits that includes these elements:

  • Introduce children at an early age to the idea that brushing after eating whenever possible is important and can be fun.
  • Establish a relationship with a pediatric dentist and dental hygienist.
  • Use positive reinforcement by creating incentives for toothbrushing.
  • Create discussion about nutrition at home and at school

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Brush Barry Brush is dedicated to teaching and reminding the parent, child, and caregiver the importance of brushing after meals. It emphasizes the value of establishing this life long habit at a young age. It teaches that the simple idea of toothbrushing after eating is essential and an excellent first line of defense. Our book shows that toothbrushing after eating whenever possible is one healthy habit that should be a priority. Toothbrushing is a key factor in protecting beautiful young smiles from the most prevalent yet preventable childhood disease.

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