A Dental Grade on Children’s Teeth

September 16, 2011 10:06 AM
Children are back in school and doctor checkups are added in the “to do” list of some parents and caregivers. AAPD President Dr. Rhea M. Haugseth (Ga.) was interviewed by Fox 5 Atlanta about the alarming increase in decay in young children’s teeth and that parents aren’t doing all they can to prevent it.   Her main concerns being sippy cups filled with juices and all-day snacking. 
"Every time you eat or drink something with sugar in it you start a 15-minute acid attack. The bacteria takes that sugar and produces acid, which eats away at the enamel which causes the cavity, causes the decay," said Haugseth.
"Children really can't brush by themselves unless they can do one of three things: they can write cursive, they can tie their shoe or they can cut up a steak on a plate," said Haugseth.
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