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Health Minute: Kids Smiles

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You're listening to WPSU's Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State's College of Nursing.

February is Children's Dental Health Month.

Oral care begins even before your baby's first tooth emerges. Baby's gums should be cleaned twice daily with a moist, clean cloth to rid the gums of bacteria and sugars. The American Dental Association warns tooth decay can occur when babies are exposed to sugary drinks, put to bed with a bottle, or using shared utensils. Fluoride toothpaste can be used once the child is two years old.

Follow the ADA's recommendations on brushing teeth twice a day and maintaining a healthy diet to prevent cavities.

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I'm Cheraine Stanford, WPSU.

Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.