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So, why change your toothbrush 4 times a year

Despite great strides in decay prevention, one in four young children develops signs of tooth decay before they start school. Half of all children between the ages of 12 and 15 have cavities. Dental care should begin as soon as a child’s first tooth appears, usually around six months. Teeth can be wiped with a clean, damp cloth or a very soft brush. At about age 2, you can let kids try brushing for themselves – although it’s important to supervise.
Use enough, not too much fluoride
Permanent molars come in around age 6. Thin protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth can prevent decay in the pits and fissures. The single biggest advance in oral health has been fluoride, which strengthens enamel, making it less likely to decay. Three out of four Americans drink water that is fluoridated. If your water isn’t fluoridated, talk to your dental professional, who may suggest putting a fluoride application on your teeth. 
Your toothbrush 
Many toothpastes and mouth rinses also contain fluoride. Fluoride should be used sparingly in young children – no more than a pea-sized portion on the toothbrush. Too much can cause white spots on teeth. Gum disease and tooth decay remain big problems – and not just for older people. Three-fourths of teenagers have gums that bleed, along with the basic advice, remember – toothbrushes must be changed 3 to 4 times a year. – Tinzwei/Online Sources  
Derick Matsengarwodzi is a communication consultant, author – and founder of The Aloe Media. An ardent researcher plus media devotee – you can interact with him through Facebook or derickmats@gmail.com. Follow his authoritative, eloquent, analytical and revealing writing flow on: http://tinzwei.blogspot.com or http://thehealthoracle.blogspot.com.

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