Dentist warns of tooth decay

TOOTH decay in children is avoidable and the Australian Dental Association is on a mission to spread the message.

The ADA has launched website babyteeth.com.au. to help people understand that good oral hygiene and dietary habits, and early access to dental care will prevent painful tooth decay.

According to the organisation, the most common reason for children under 15 years to be treated under general anaesthetic was for dental extractions and restorations.

Robina Dental Group's Jamie Arthur said it was important for parents to understand it was easy to prevent decay.

"Essentially it is a dietary disease," Dr Arthur said.

"What you eat between meals is quite often what does the damage.

"When you eat a large meal the mouth develops saliva which acts as a barrier to help protect teeth."

Dr Arthur said children should see a dentist every six months and floss and brush their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day.



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