Caring for Young Teeth: Back to School Tips for Busy Parents

The back-to-school checklist can often seem never-ending, as parents scramble to buy their kids the necessary stationery, bags, shoes or uniforms. A key point that is often missed out, however, is a plan to help ensure that a child’s teeth are well looked after. Healthy teeth are key to helping a child thrive and grow in a school environment. Indeed, as they start facing exciting new challenges and making a host of new friends, the last thing a young person wants to think about is a problem that arises from poor dental hygiene.

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The Facts about HPV and Oral Cancer

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world, with over 14 million documented cases every year in the US alone.

In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, most sexually active men and women will be infected at some point in their lives, with most not even knowing they ever came into contact with HPV.

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Why Regular Dental Check-ups are Important for Children

With studies suggesting that around one in four Australian children have untreated tooth decay and with about half of all six-year-olds experiencing some form of tooth decay, it’s clear that many children just aren’t receiving the oral hygiene advice and preventative dental treatment they need to form the basis for a lifetime of good dental health. There is a false belief that the dental care of baby teeth is a low priority, as they fall out anyway as the child grows.

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