In recognition of Children's Dental Health Month, the South Health District wants parents to schedule regular dental visits for their kids.
They say developing good oral health at an early age, helps prevent dental problems later.
Officials stress the importance of looking after children's baby teeth, too.
"They need to take care of those teeth just as importantly as the permanent teeth," said Cumi Fillion, a dental hygienist with the South Health District, who helps kids in ten counties maintain healthy teeth and gums. "And I recommend mouth guards for the children when they start playing sports. And the main thing is to brush their teeth at least twice a day."
Hygienists say the most important time to brush your teeth is before going to bed, and they suggest a cleaning every six months.
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